The President of the International Cyclist Union (UCI), David Lappartient, announced this Thursday an investigation following the accusations of technological doping formulated by the American former cyclist Phil Gaimon against the Swiss Fabian Cancellara. In a recent book, Gaimon accused Cancellara of using an engine hidden in the bicycle when he won the classic Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in 2010, something that the Swiss runner has always denied.
"When you see the images, your acceleration does not seem natural at all, as if it cost you to follow the rhythm of the pedals." That bastard probably had an engine, "writes Gaimon in his book.
The president of the UCI confirmed the website specializing in cycling Cyclingnews that will gather more information on the charges presented by Gaimon against Cancellara. "The only thing I can say is we're going to look for more information and we'll investigate because we need to know exactly what's true about it." Of course I've heard the rumors, like everyone else, and I want to know what's true, it's our job. I hope this has never happened in professional cycling, said Lappartient.
"If it were true [the accusations against Cancellara], it would be a disaster for the image of cycling and that's why we have to fight." "I want people and fans to be able to trust the results, the ICU and the controls of our institutions," he added. Gaimon Limited, for his part, the accusations at a certain time: "I think that happened that year a couple of times, but as soon as it was known, no one did it again."
In 2017 two amateur racers have been hunted using engines on their bicycles, and in 2016 the Belgian cyclo-cross runner Femke Van den Driessche was suspended for six years when an engine was discovered in one of the bikes he used in the world championships.