UCI anti-doping police are hard at work this summer trying to catch dopers at the Tour de France, gran fondos and rider’s homes. They are on the hunt for all kinds of dopers – EPO, testosterone, HGH and too tall socks.
Christine Majerus (BOELS DOLMAN CYCLING TEAM) was lined up to start the prologue of the BeNeLadies Tour in Belgium this past week when a official checked her cycling socks. Upon close inspection and precise measurement, the official deemed the socks were in violation of UCI rules since they were 1cm too tall and might provide an “incremental gain.”
Yes, the UCI has a rule stating (kinda) the maximum sock height allowed for riders, else you be branded a “sock doper.”
The rule states “Socks and overshoes used in competition may not rise above the height defined by half the distance between the middle of the lateral malleolus and the middle of the fibula head.”
Huh??? Clear us mud.
Anyhow, Majerus pulled her socks down 1cm and the official let her start the prologue, where she finished 26th.
Next time someone who has never finished in front of you at a gran fondo blows you away, measure their socks. They just might be a sock doper.
GRAN FONDO CALENDAR NORTH AMERICA here
GRAN FONDO CALENDAR EUROPE here
GRAN FONDO CALENDAR UK GREAT BRITAIN here