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Five weird ways professional cyclists bent the rules to their favour

Five weird ways professional cyclists bent the rules to their favour

For once, this week, other sports have taken the lead in reports of nefarious activities, with chess player Hans Niemann being accused of cheating more…

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For once, this week, other sports have taken the lead in reports of nefarious activities, with chess player Hans Niemann being accused of cheating more than he has let on, and boxer Conor Benn testing positive for clomifene.

There have been some lurid suggestions of how Niemann, a 19-year-old American, could cheat at chess, but what we do know is that he allegedly cheated on online chess games, according to a report.

There were wild reports that the chess player used something secreted inside his person to cheat, but that is yet to be proved.

What we do know is that a 72-page document, conducted by Chess.com and initially reviewed by the Wall Street Journal , found that Niemann “likely received illegal assistance in more than 100 online games” as recently as 2020, including in events where prize money was at stake.

Cycling is no stranger to weird ways of bending the rules or outright cheating, and some are very famous, like the Lance Armstrong case or recent allegations of motor doping, but some are less well known and, frankly, even weirder.

A sport that takes place in the open world is ripe for meddling with, as there are lots of areas away from the eyes of commissaires – although live start-to-finish TV broadcasts might have imperilled this.

Of course, cycling has not escaped the whiff of doping, and probably never will thanks to the sheer gains that can be made in such an endurance sport. Just this week, seven Portuguese riders were banned for […]

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