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Mechanical Doping

So allegedly Cycling has moved on from blood-doping to actually putting miniature motors in their bikes.

UCI 'studying' alleged hidden motors

NYON, Switzerland -- The International Cycling Union will examine so-called "mechanical doping" at a meeting next week with bike manufacturers.

UCI president Pat McQuaid said Wednesday he did not believe rumors sweeping the sport that racers were cheating by getting extra power from battery-powered motors hidden in their bike frames.

"We have no belief at the moment that it's actually a fact," McQuaid told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

Motors that can be attached to a bicycle have been commercially available for several years, but existing models require a battery carried visibly in a saddle bag.

McQuaid said the UCI has no knowledge of motors that could be hidden inside the tubes of a frame.

"They are still not invisible," he said. "All the evidence we're seeing ... is that the battery is about the size of a bag of sugar."

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