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After a long dry spell, motodoping is finally back. According to a report from Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport, a 53-year-old masters rider aroused suspicion during a race in Brescia yesterday when he was hauling ass upwards of 30 miles per hour. That’s, uh, pretty impressive for a rider in their 50s, and organizers asked to inspect the rider’s bike after the race. They scanned his Argon 18 with a heat gun and easily located the lil’ motor (translation via Cycling News):

“We had some precise information and we proceeded accordingly. We looked, we saw that in the seat tube of one rider it looked as though there was a fire.”

Although secret thermal camera footage allegedly showed seven pros using motors in their bikes last season, this is one of only a few confirmed cases of motodoping. Belgian cyclocross rider Femke Van Den Driessche got popped for one at last year’s world championships but since then it’s been quiet.

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As for the dude that doped up his bike, he was, of course, disqualified from the race, a race in which he somehow only finished third place despite cheating with a motor. Maybe he should’ve paid for an upgraded model.