Lausanne - Former world champion Fabian Cancellara could be
investigated over accusations that he used a hidden motor in his bicycle, world
governing body the UCI said on Thursday.
"We can't rule out opening an investigation if new
elements come into our possession," a UCI spokesman said, confirming
comments also made by UCI president David Lappartient to the Cyclingnews
"We need to know exactly what is behind this. Of course,
I heard all the rumours, like everybody, and I just want to know exactly. So we
will investigate, that is our job," Lappartient said.
"I hope that this (mechanical doping) never happened in
professional cycling. If this was the case, it would be a disaster for the
image of cycling and that's why we have to fight."
Lappartient was reacting to accusations made against Swiss
star Cancellara by former cyclist Phil Gaimon in a new 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," American rider Gaimon wrote.
Cancellara, who quit the sport in 2016, faced accusations
that he was using a hidden motor following his wins at the 2010 Tour of
Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
Cancellara has always denied the allegations.