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Electromagnetic wheels are the new frontier of mechanical doping, claims Gazzetta dello Sport

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Gazzetta dello Sport's graphic demonstrating how electromagnetic wheels work

Gazzetta dello Sport's graphic demonstrating how electromagnetic wheels work (Image credit: Gazzetta dello Sport)
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Femke van den Driessche (Belgium)

Femke van den Driessche (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has described a motor hidden in the seat tube and bottom bracket as ‘old doping’ suggesting that special wheels, able to produce 20-60 watts via electromagnetics and costing 200,000 Euro, are the most sophisticated form of mechanical doping currently in use in cycling.

The UCI confirmed during the cyclo-cross World Championships in Zolder this weekend that they had discovered the first ever case of ‘technological fraud’. The 19-year-old Belgian Femke Van den Driessche claimed that the bike belonged to a friend and had been mistakenly prepared, and taken to the race pits by her mechanic.

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