“Strange noise from the rear wheel”

Tampering with the tour?

By Kevin Kempf

Scene from the Tour de France 2021 | Photo: Cor Vos

17.07.2021  | (rsn) – The French-language Swiss daily Le Temps published an article on Friday in which three tour starters, who were not named, reported acoustic abnormalities on the bikes of four teams, including UAE Emirates, the team of the likely tour winner Tadej Pogacar .

“There is a strange sound there. I can hear it while driving, ”one of the drivers was quoted as saying. “It comes from the rear wheel. It’s a strange, metallic sound, like a chain that is badly adjusted. I’ve never heard anything like it, ”he continued. Overall, he found these abnormalities in four teams.

And he is probably not alone in that, because the topic seems to be circulating in the peloton. “We are no longer talking about a motor in the crankset or an electromagnetic system in the rims, but rather a device in the hub. We also called an energy recycler about the brakes. The energy is stored like in Formula 1, ”Le Temps quoted another of the three professionals.

Pogacar was confronted with the allegations at the evening press conference, at which he must be present when wearing the yellow jersey. “I do not know. We don’t hear any noises “, the last year’s winner replied succinctly and added:” We don’t use anything illegal. ”

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