Bike manufacturer to sue Belgian rider over motor use

BY foxsports • February 1, 2016

PARIS (AP) Italian manufacturer Wilier Triestina will sue the Belgian cyclist who used a motor on her bike at the cyclo-cross world championships over the weekend.

Company CEO Andrea Gastaldello said he was ''stunned'' by the news that Femke Van den Driessche competed in the under-23 race with a concealed motor in her bike's frame, and announced that he will take legal action ''to safeguard the reputation and image of the company.''

Van den Driessche, who became the first cyclist caught for technological doping, denied any wrongdoing, claiming she mistakenly used a friend's bike identical to hers without knowing it had been equipped with a motor.

The International Cycling Union has seized her bike for further investigation, and president Brian Cookson said ''it's absolutely clear that there was technological fraud.''