After pro cyclist Ryder Hesjedal crashed on stage 7 of the 2014 Vuelta a España, something odd seemed to occur with his bike: the wheels kept spinning.

See the video here.

Now the cycling media is in an uproar over the event, with French newspaper L'Equipe and Cycling Weekly asking whether Hesjedal is guilty of "motorized doping."

Bike Snob, a prominent cycling blogger, says yes:

Having watched the Hesjedal video yet again I'm no longer 99% sure there's a motor in that bike. I'm now 100% sure.

Is this true? Did Ryder Hesjedal really ride a motorized bike at the race?

  • There seems to be no evidence about this besides the video, so this question cannot currently be meaningfully answered. It's too localized. Maybe you could reword it to be about this kind of fraud in general, instead of a specific, uninvestigated case? – Sklivvz Sep 4 '14 at 18:07
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    From the question I expected this to just be "No, the wheel just kept spinning", but the bike actually spun on the ground much more than inertia would seem to indicate. I'd be highly surprised if there wasn't something strange going on here, but as the close reason says, no one here is in a position to answer it until the official investigation is done. – Bobson Sep 4 '14 at 18:34

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