The Russian professional team Gazprom-Rusvelo started its first training camp in Italy after a break due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The team is, of course, familiar with security measures. The doctor held a meeting before the meeting. There will be another meeting today. We have taken the issue of security seriously: in particular, rooms will be regularly disinfected with special lamps. Masks, gloves, sanitizers are purchased in sufficient quantities and everyone will be very careful. All necessary measures are taken: massage therapists will always work with the same riders, it is not recommended to gather in groups. Riders will go to training in several mini-groups, observing the rules of social distance, ” Yuri Belezeko, the team’s press attache, told RIA Novosti. 16 riders of the professional team take part in the training camp in Livigno. The collection will last until July 22.
In France, the investigation into the use of “mechanical doping” has been discontinued”
The French national financial Prosecutor’s office (PNF) has dropped an investigation into the use of so-called “mechanical doping” in Cycling, due to a lack of evidence, reports cyclingnews.com with a link to L’equipe. As noted in the material, the investigation was launched in 2017 after suspicions arose that the installation of a hidden motor benefited well-known cyclists, “allowing them to take advantage of the latest technological advances in the field of electric motors.” Former head of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Brian Cookson was not called for questioning. The hidden motor, which is also called “mechanical doping,” was first discovered in January 2016 at the cyclo-cross world Championships in the Bicycle of Belgian Femke van den Driessche. The athlete was disqualified for six years and eventually decided to end her career.
The 2020 world road Cycling Championships will be held in Switzerland as planned, according to a press release from the competition’s organizing Committee. Earlier, the media reported that the competition may be moved to Qatar in the context of a coronavirus pandemic. The organizers also announced that the Swiss championship in this sport will be held on August 22 at the world championship track in Eigle and Martigny. The world Cup will be held on September 20-27.