Mo­tor­ized dop­ing?

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

Lau­rent Rebours

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.

Lau­rent Cipri­ani

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