French inquiry into mechanical doping dropped for lack of evidence

UCI techs show media the new motor-detecting technology
UCI techs show media the new x-ray motor-detecting technology (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)

In 2016, amid rumours of the illegal use of tiny hidden motors to boost performance at the sport's top level, the UCI seized one of Belgian cyclo-crosser Femke Van den Driessche's bike and found the first instance of mechanical doping in a UCI race. 

L'Equipe reports that the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) ended a multi-year investigation into mechanical doping at the sport's top level earlier this year without finding any further evidence of mechanical doping.

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