The term “electrifying performance” has taken on a whole new meaning with rumours that Swiss ace Fabian Cancellara benefited from an electric motor assist in winning two of cycling’s celebrated classics, the Tour of Flanders and the “hell of the north”, Paris-Roubaix.
Cycling’s unfortunate (and long) association with performance-enhancing drugs immediately led to the phenomenon being dubbed “motorised doping”.
There’s been a flood of commentary since the rumours started. Italian ex-racer Davide Cassani stars in a video purporting to show a bike with a hidden motor. Check it out
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