Tests show no traces of mo­tors hid­den in­side bikes at Tour

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

— There were no cases of riders us­ing hid­den mo­tors in­side their bikes on this year’s Tour de France, fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive test­ing by the In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union.

In a state­ment Wed­nes­day, the UCI said that 3,773 tests “us­ing mag­netic re­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy” were car­ried out unan­nounced “prior, dur­ing or af­ter rac­ing, through­out the 21 stages of the (race)” and that they all came back neg­a­tive.

“This demon­strates our ab­so­lute com­mit­ment to leave no stone un­turned in a mat­ter that, if not tack­led prop­erly, could se­ri­ously dam­age the re­newed rep­u­ta­tion of cy­cling,” UCI pres­i­dent Brian Cook­son said.

“We will con­tinue to test bikes heav­ily through­out the rest of the sea­son, and do every­thing in our power to make sure this form of cheat­ing stays out of our sport.”

A mag­netic re­sis­tance test is car­ried out with a tablet com­puter us­ing soft­ware to scan a bike.

It can de­tect mo­tors, mag­nets and bat­ter­ies in a bi­cy­cle’s frame, wheel hubs and rims in less than 30 sec­onds.

This test­ing led to cy­clo-cross rider Femke Van Den Driess­che of Bel­gium be­ing caught us­ing a hid­den mo­tor at a world cham­pi­onship race.

She was banned from cy­cling for six years in April.

To en­sure a var­ied test­ing pro­to­col at this year’s Tour, the UCI also used sup­ple­men­tary meth­ods of de­tec­tion, such as high-pow­ered ther­mal cam­eras us­ing atomic re­search tech­nol­ogy, and X-rays.

Ther­mal cam­eras help de­tect the heat pro­duced by a small hid­den mo­tor, even if the mo­tor is turned off.

The clam­our for us­ing them grew af­ter French tele­vi­sion pro­gram Stade 2 claimed to have de­tected so-called ‘me­chan­i­cal dop­ing’ at two Ital­ian races by us­ing road­side ther­mal cam­eras.

The UCI said these ad­di­tional tests backed up the re­sults ob­tained us­ing mag­netic re­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy, while Cook­son praised Tour or­ga­niz­ers and the French po­lice for their as­sis­tance.

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