B1 Gruppo CUBA Cycling Trip, April 7 - 14, 2019 - REGISTER NOW!
Welcome to Gran Fondo USA >> Italian masters cyclist denies using a hidden motor

Italian masters cyclist denies using a hidden motor

A 53-year-old masters cyclist was discovered using an electric motor with thermal cameras at an amateur event in Bedizzole, near Brescia in Italy

Alessandro Andreol finished third in the race and was asked to bring his bike the commissaires for further inspection after the race. Dissembling Andreol’s Argon 18 was unnecessary as he admitted his guilt and left the race. The first five finishers all had their bikes checked.

Italian masters cyclist caught using a hidden motor

“We had some precise reports and we proceeded accordingly,” said Emiliano Scalfi, vice president and technical director.

“Looking, we saw that there was heat in the tube of a rider’s bike tube. We invited the riders to go with our two judges at our authorized center to control the bike, but at that point he admitted his fault.”

“We invited the rider to go with two commissaires to an authorised centre to check the bike, but at that point, he admitted his guilt,” Scalfi explained. “Inside the bike, he had a motor.”

Scalfi, of the Centro Sportivo Italiano, claimed he then owned up, but Andreoli declined to join organizers in taking apart the bike to check the tube and denied any such admission.

Andreoli denies using a motorized bicycle after being disqualified

“I had to go to a wedding, it was getting late,” he said as explanation for refusing to have the bike taken apart. “But I didn’t admit to anything. They looked for a switch but couldn’t find one,” Andreoli told Gazzetta, although the newspaper published a photo of the bike in question purporting to show the switch.

Asked why he had been disqualified given his version of events, Andreoli replied: “I don’t know, maybe because they said I had a motor."

“In that case those who finished alongside me had motors. I’ve seen a lot of people finish ahead of me without them suffering.”

Andreoli suggested he was the victim of a stitch-up motivated by jealousy over his “high standard of living.”

“Obviously someone doesn’t like me,” he said. “I’ve been a tiler for many years, and I earn a lot.”

Asked where he had bought the bike, Andreoli said it was from an acquaintance, whose name and phone number he’d forgotten.

“We met in the street, I liked the bike, he gave me a great price, and I took it,” he said.

Asked about claims that he’d recently started riding much faster than before, the 53-year-old gave a simple explanation.

“Before I had back pain, but I’m better now and training hard.”

Rumors have been rife for years that motorized bicycles were being used to gain an unfair advantage at major cycling races but until 2016 none had ever been found in competition.

The incident represents only the second time a hidden motor has been found concealed in the bike of a racing cyclist. In February of last year a motor was found in the bike of 19-year-old Belgian and European U23 cyclocross champion Femke Van den Driessche.

She was banned for six years and fined 20,000 Swiss Francs. Like the new case in Italy, her hidden motor was also found in the seat tube.

Tag: motordoping
Aug 02 2018 - NEWS: Toms Skujins finds mechanical Doping conspiracy at the Tour hilarious
Mar 21 2018 - NEWS: X-ray trucks to be used at top races to detect doping motors
Jan 28 2018 - NEWS: Fabian Cancellara: Let’s see how many watts Phil Gaimon has!
Nov 18 2017 - NEWS: Fabian Cancellara challenges Phil Gaimon to a Race
Nov 14 2017 - NEWS: Lappartient: "Former dopers have no place in the sport of cycling"
Nov 14 2017 - NEWS: The Lighter Side of Motor doping - the Yorkshire Way!
Nov 14 2017 - NEWS: Gaimon releases statement on motor doping controversy
Nov 13 2017 - NEWS: Fabian Cancellara threatens legal action over Phil Gaimon's book
Nov 12 2017 - NEWS: Cancellara’s former mechanic defends him against motor doping accusations
Nov 12 2017 - NEWS: Ex-rider Jean-Christophe Peraud joins UCI's Fight against technological fraud
Nov 10 2017 - NEWS: UCI to investigate Cancellara mechanical doping claims
Nov 08 2017 - NEWS: Phil Gaimon accuses Cancellara of motor doping
Oct 02 2017 - NEWS: VIDEO: French police catch cyclist mechanically doping
Oct 05 2017 - NEWS: Samuel Sanchez Sacked after B- Sample Positive Confirmed
Oct 03 2017 - NEWS: Motor Doper say's other riders were using various methods
Tag: wada
Dec 12 2018 - NEWS: Sky Broadcasting ends sponsorship of Team Sky
Dec 08 2018 - NEWS: Here's How Much Lance Armstrong Made on his Uber Investment
Nov 26 2018 - NEWS: Lance Armstrong asks for His Ball Back on Black Friday!
Nov 13 2018 - NEWS: Three Vuelta a Miami riders busted for EPO doping
Oct 25 2018 - NEWS: Armstrong's former manager Johan Bruyneel banned from cycling for life
Oct 18 2018 - NEWS: Bradley Wiggins: Lance Armstrong is iconic whether people like it or not
Oct 04 2018 - NEWS: Floyd Landis starts new UCI Continental registered Pro Team
Aug 23 2018 - NEWS: Johan Bruyneel ordered to payback $1.2M in Lance Armstrong fraud case
Aug 19 2018 - NEWS: Lance Armstrong flies to Germany to support troubled old rival Jan Ullrich
Aug 11 2018 - NEWS: Jan Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital after suffering panic attacks
Aug 04 2018 - NEWS: Jan Ullrich charged with assaulting neighbor in front of party guests in bizarre attack
Aug 02 2018 - NEWS: Toms Skujins finds mechanical Doping conspiracy at the Tour hilarious
Jul 09 2018 - NEWS: Dave Brailsford launches scathing attack on UCI president David Lappartient
Jul 02 2018 - NEWS: Froome cleared to ride the Tour de France as UCI close anti-doping case
Jul 02 2018 - NEWS: Dave Brailsford: All 21 Vuelta stage samples for Froome reviewed and within range