Fabian Cancellara reacts on the claims of using a bike with hidden motor mechanism, “It’s so stupid I’m speechless. I’ve never had batteries on my bike.”
The Youtube video circulating shows how a bike can have a motor concealed in its components and how it can be operated with a flick of a button. Towards the end, the video featured Cancellara’s performance on his wins at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix classics. It focused on the different hand movements Cancellara was making before he accelerates. The video pointed out that Cancellara’s hand was making suspicious movements right before he speeds up to leave Tom Boonen (Quick Step) behind.
The Olympic time-trial champion adds, “It’s quite funny but it’s become a bigger story and is no longer so funny. It’s a sad and really outrageous story. Believe me, my feats are the result of hard work.”
UCI clears up any confusion or doubt over the claims saying that there aren’t any case against Cancellara over the video claims. Technical chief of UCI Jean Wauthier believes that Cancellara would not stoop to cheat this way. “The risk is simply too big. For him, his team and the bike manufacturers. A champion like Cancellara would not take that risk.”
Quick Step sports director Wilfried Peeters also believes that Cancellara would not use a motorized bike however team Manager Patrick Lefevere asks UCI to still investigate the matter. “I was a bit circumspect watching the clip. But if we imagine it’s true, it’s daylight robbery. It’s worse than (performance-enhancing) drugs. I don’t want to get involved in all these rumours and I’m trying not to get paranoid. But after seeing this video I hope the UCI are going to fully investigate.”
Wauthier vows to have UCI amend its regulations regarding the use of motorized bikes. He also points out new technology which may pose a challenge for the sport. “Today we’re confronted with bikes that can run on batteries. But we also know that similar mechanisms, that work without batteries and can run on solar power, are being developed.”