The Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche has been banned for six years for using a concealed motor at the cyclo-cross world championships
The Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche has been banned for six years for using a hidden motor at the cyclo-cross world championships.
It is the International Cycling Unions first sanction using its rules on technological fraud.
Brian Cookson, the UCI president, called it a major victory to help keep this form of cheating out of our sport.
The UCI banned Van den Driessche until October 2021, stripped her of her European under-2 3 title and fined her 20,000 Swiss francs( 14,000 ).
The 19 -year-old rider had said she would skip her disciplinary hearing and retire from racing.
The UCI says inspectors found a motor concealed along with a battery in the seat-tube at the world under-2 3 race in Belgium in January.
The motor was controlled by a Bluetooth switch installed underneath the handlebar tape.
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