ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Tour de France officials announced Friday morning that tests will begin for what’s called motorized doping. Scans will be made of each bike to see if a rider is employing a hidden motor to help him pedal the miles. It’s been rumored in recent months that riders have used such motors during the middle part of lengthy stages to help them conserve energy for the finish.
Much of the speculation has centered around Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara, the best timetrial rider in the sport. Cancellara has adamantly denied the accusations, and so far, there’s been no proof of motorized doping by any rider. Astana’s Alberto Contador says this year’s team doesn’t have the infighting that plagued last year’s.
The RadioShack cycling team (left to right): Gregory Rast, Yaroslav Popovych, Sergio Paulinho, Dmitriy Muravyev, Levi Leipheimer, Andreas Klöden, Chris Horner, Jani Brajkovic and Lance Armstrong. Team RadioShack, made up mostly of former members of the Astana team, begins riding in the Tour de France today in an individual time trial over 5.53 miles in Rotterdam, Netherlands.