Phil Gaimon revives Fabian Cancellara's motor doping allegations
Nov 09 2017 01:21 pm CET

Phil Gaimon revives Fabian Cancellara's motor doping allegations
Phil Gaimon revives Fabian Cancellara's motor doping allegations


Former rider Phil Gaimon has launched a new book in which he accuses Fabian Cancellara of using motor doping throughout his career.

In his autobiography 'Draft Animals', the ex-rider writes about the suspicions that have existed about the performance of the multiple times winner of races like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. "I dismissed it until I heard his former teammates talk about certain events where Cancellara had his own mechanic, his bike was kept separate from everyone else's, and he rode away from a "who's who" of dopers," he said in the book.

"When you watch the footage, his accelerations don't look natural at all, like he's having trouble staying on the top of the pedals. That fucker probably did have a motor,' the book extract reads."

In later statements to British Cycling Magazine Cyclist, Gaimon didn't hold back and defended his previous affirmations. "I've heard it talked about and I'm not going to name names but in pro cycling, everyone's like, yeah, Fabian Cancellara probably had a motor for a bit."

"Motors are not a thing, they never were a thing, but my feeling and the prevailing feeling was that it was him for a couple of races, then when it became half a scandal it was over."

But despite these claims, the former rider doesn't think that motor doping is something to be concerned about in the peloton. "It's clickbait. In the WorldTour you have five bikes so the number of people to be in on that scandal would be ludicrous," he commented.

"Take the mechanics who are day-rate Belgian guys on $100-a-day. Those guys ain't covering up a million dollar conspiracy."

This isn't the first time that Cancellara's performance is in the spotlight for suspicions of motor doping. YouTube videos that later became viral show so-called evidence of strange movements by the former rider and his bike.
Photo of Fabian Cancellara (cropped) by Trek-Segafredo


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