Ther­mal cam­eras back at Tour to catch cheats

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Ther­mal cam­eras aimed at catch­ing out tech­no­log­i­cal cheats will again be used at the Tour de France this year, the French Sports Min­istry said yes­ter­day as the world’s big­gest bike race be­gan in Dusseldorf. Cycling’s world gov­ern­ing body the UCI will carry out unan­nounced checks on rid­ers’ bi­cy­cles us­ing tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by the French Al­ter­na­tive En­er­gies and Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion (CEA). The tech­nol­ogy was first used at the Tour last year when no bikes failed a test. That Tour was also no­tice­able for there be­ing no dev­as­tat­ing per­for­mances that could have aroused sus­pi­cion, un­like some from pre­vi­ous years. Author­i­ties had de­cided to clamp down on tech­no­log­i­cal fraud last sea­son af­ter years of ru­mours that some rid­ers might be us­ing mo­torised bi­cy­cles. To date only one such bike has been found at an of­fi­cial race, when Bel­gian teenager Femke Van den Driess­che was caught with a mo­torised bi­cy­cle at the Cy­clo-cross World Cham­pi­onships 18 months ago. She was sub­se­quently banned for six years. —AFP

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