The electric bike defining the pace in Rio explained

Cyclists compete in the Women’s Keirin first round at the Rio Olympic Velodrome during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.( AP Photo/ Patrick Semansky)

Doped bikes bicycles that get an illegal boost from concealed electric motors have become a beset in two-wheel racing in recent years.

So why is there a rider in the Olympic velodrome who isnt pedaling at all?

If youve been watching the track cycling at the Olympic Game in Rio, you may have noticed an curiously upright fellow leading the field for the first few laps of the keirin, a high-speed bicycle race that became popular in Japan as a gambling sport after World War II and was added to the Olympic Games in 2000.

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