Armstrong’s doctor: “Electric bikes are used in the peloton since 2005”

Among the many opinions voiced recently on the controversy surrounding motors and mechanical doping, it is worth highlighting that of Michele Ferrari, reported today in Corriere della Sera. 

The famous former doctor of Lance Armstrong admits: “Electric bikes? I tested them; the advantages are obvious. They have been used in races since 2005 and some professionals keep them at home to replace the workouts behind motorcycles. No one is interested in looking under the carpet. But sooner or later someone will talk. “

The statement comes after French TV programme Stade 2 and Italian paper Corriere della Sera have conducted a thorough investigation in which they claimed that hidden motors have been used in Strade Bianche and Coppi e Bartali.

The heat detector used by Thierry Vildary and Marco Bonarrigo managed to spot no less than 7 motors used during Strade Bianche and Coppi e Bartali. Of these 7, two were hidden in the rear hub and cassette and the other five in the seat tube. Some were ordinary large motors, while others were more advanced and harder to spot. Their findings are thought to be accurate because the report states that experts agreed that only a motor could have created heat like that identified.