Fastest Cyclist on Earth is Cheating? Officials Check for Mechanical Doping

Fastest Cyclist on Earth is Cheating? Officials Check for Mechanical Doping

Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus has conquered one of the most amazing feats on the planet at the UCI Road World Championships on Wednesday. The Business Insider reports that the the cyclist did a “ride of his life”, winning his first World Time-Trial Title at the age of 34.

According to the site, he championed the elite-men’s individual time trial by riding 53.5 km in 1:02:29.45. He clocked an average speed of 51.368 km/h.

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Kiriyienka, nicknamed as Kiry, found himself in a sticky position when an official from the sport’s governing body, the UCI, took his bike to a restricted area and conducted an inspection to check if there was a motor in the frame’s bottom bracket, after his ride.

However, the UCI didn’t find any motors and Kiry was later allowed to accept his Gold Medal, reports state.

The UCI suspected that the bike frame might have been tampered with, what is known as “Mechanical Doping” or “Bike Doping”. In response to Business Insider’s questioning on the inspection, the UCI in their mail, clarified their serious take on the issue:

“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) takes extremely seriously the issue of technological fraud such as concealed electric motors in bikes, and has therefore added far-reaching sanctions in its Regulations. We have been carrying out controls for many years and although those controls have never found any evidence of such fraud, we know we must be vigilant. We have carried out several unannounced checks on this year’s Tour de France and other Grand Tours. The 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond is the latest event where bikes have been controlled this season, including all top 3 riders of each race. These are extensive controls and nothing was found.”

Kiry, who supports Chris Froome in riding for Britain’s Team Sky, has previously won bronze in the World Time Trial championship in 2012 and achieved commendable feat in the Tour De France as well as Tour of Spain. Talking about Kiry, his team the Sky comments that he is “Best known for his power, consistency and machine-like riding.”