So, the short story is that some people claim that Cancellara is cheating by putting a hidden electric motor in his bike. Now they are going to do random hidden-motor checks.
I have analyzed this motor-in-a-bike already:
- Energy in a hidden battery: The short answer is that you could get about 500 watts for about 1.5 hours with a hidden battery that weighs 1.6 kg. Doable, yes. Advisable? Probably not. Also, you would probably hear the motor being used.
- Do bikers cheat? In this post I look at some clips of Cancellara in cases where he could be using a hidden battery. Conclusion: he is not doing anything extra-human that would make it mean he could only do it with a hidden motor.
I propose the following: Let’s make up some other rumor such as Cancellara is really a half-elf and see if they start doing random testing for half-elfness.