Two riders at an Italian amateur race have fled the scene after refusing to have their bikes checked for hidden motors. According a report in Gazzetta dello Sport , organisers of the Criterium Portogruarese in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy were asked by several riders to check the bikes of two competitors in the event. One of those competitors, Alessandro Fantin, had finished eighth in the race. They refused. The first to be caught was thenyear-old Belgian Femke van den Driessche who, at the Cyclocross World Championships, was found to have a motor in her bike. In July , year-old amateur racer Alessandro Andreoli was nabbed at a race in Bedizzole , in northern Italy. As reported on CyclingTips in , hidden motors have long existed for road bikes, offering considerable benefits for those who use them.
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In February this year I became part of a new team, the InternationElles. I started cycling for fun about seven years ago and took it up a gear about two years ago when I started racing. To even contemplate riding 3,km over 21 days is a little daunting to say the least! Along with my teammates, I am motivated to take on this challenge to highlight the inequalities that exist at every level within the sport I have quickly come to love. I feel this at grassroots racing level and it can be seen on the roads I ride in Surrey and in sportives where women are always in the minority numbers-wise. The Tour on the other hand is the jewel in the cycling crown.
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Many of us have suffered for our sport. The run in the rain, the extra rep in the gym, the emotional anguish of losing a tight contest. But would you commit to three weeks of gruelling effort, with no trophy or financial prize on offer, to raise awareness about inequality? How about taking on the Tour de France? One of the hardest events in any sport, an iconic carnival of suffering.