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September 25, 2015
The UCI has confirmed that all of the medallists thus far in the world road race championships have had their bikes tested for motors, thus continuing checks that have been carried out at a number of other events this season.
Responding to an enquiry by Business Insider, the governing body said that such examinations have been done after the time trial events.
“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) takes extremely seriously the issue of technological fraud such as concealed electric motors in bikes, and has therefore added far-reaching sanctions in its Regulations,” it stated.
“We have been carrying out controls for many years and although those controls have never found any evidence of such fraud, we know we must be vigilant.”
“The 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond is the latest event where bikes have been controlled this season, including all top three riders of each race. These are extensive controls and nothing was found.”
The latest to undergo examinations were the medallists in Wednesday’s elite men’s time trial.
The UCI didn’t indicate if the same checks will be carried out for the road race events, but this will presumably be the case.
In an interview with CyclingTips earlier this year, UCI president Brian Cookson said that such tests were necessary in order to prevent any deception.
“Our information is that this is a very real possibility. We don’t have any firm evidence but we are absolutely aware that these products are out there and that it is a possibility,” he said of the technology.
“Given that there have been various allegations and rumours and evidence given to the CIRC that this was a potential area of cheating, we have obviously decided that this is something we should check up on on a regular basis.”
Former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond demonstrated such a motor to CyclingTips at the Tour de France.
“I believe it has been used in top level races,” he said.
“If I was the UCI, I would be all over this mandatory sequestering of bikes, mandatory checks and no changes of bikes in the race.”