Inquiry into mechanical doping

2010-06-14 16:49

Rome - An Italian prosecutor has opened an investigation into allegations of so-called mechanical doping - or motorised bikes that could help cyclists cheat.

The ANSA news agency reported that Turin-based prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello had opened a sporting fraud investigation.

Guariniello has previously led several high-profile probes on doping and other sporting frauds.

Last month, former professional cyclist Davide Cassani said he has tested a motorised bike that could help a rider cheat.

Cassani's reports for Italian television have fuelled speculation that mechanical doping could rival performance-enhancing drugs as a threat to the sport.


  • WTF - 2010-06-14 17:33

    So what does this mean? We'll have Lance Armstrong riding in the World Superbike Championship soon?

  • ZEN - 2010-06-14 18:30

    Technology chaps. Soon the riders will be able to give themselves blood transfusions while riding!!! No you. This age old HUMAN DYSFUNCTION of trying to show that one is BETTER than another leads to greed and cheating by most sportsmen/women; businesspeople.. Ultimately, the desire to compete, is in my very unsupported view, the height of insecurity. Obviously it's too far down the line to even contemplate questioning the act of competing, but I don't see any of the worlds religions advocating "being better than...." Christians call it "Original Sin"(missing the mark);eg trying to be better than others, be it sport,business or even appearance.) Why on earth must i race against you??? To show how great i am??? We can dress it up as fun/human nature/goal setting etc etc, but its all THE DESIRE TO BE BETTER THAN!!

  • BRETT - 2010-06-15 07:45


  • @zen - 2010-06-15 07:48

    The mere fact that you chose to make the comments that you made, shows that you think you are better than the people who want to always be "Better than" doesn't it?

  • @Zen - 2010-06-15 09:13

    In all of nature only the strongest and fittest survives. It is only man that is, for some reason, protecting the weak. That, in most basic terms, goes completely against evolution. So, mans nature to compete is our most primal nature.

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