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by Matt de Neef
September 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez doubles up at the Vuelta a España, Froome extends lead; Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Boels Rental Ladies Tour; Caleb Ewan claims stage 1 of the Tour of Britain; Bouhanni victorious at the GP de Fourmies; Arnaud Demare takes out the Brussels Cycling Classic; Evan Huffman leads the Tour of Alberta after three stages; Carol Cooke takes two gold medals at Para-cycling World Championships; Race to the Rock gets underway, but its chief instigator doesn’t; Doubts raised over effectiveness of UCI mechanical fraud tests.
Doubts have been raised about the UCI’s testing for mechanical doping after a group of reporters recently had one of the tablet scanners analysed in a German laboratory.
The UCI is believed to have scanned more than 40,000 bikes in the past two years, using tablets to help detect the presence of hidden motors. Reporters from Italian daily newspaper Il Corriere della Sera reportedly got hold of one of the scanners and, in collaboration with France 2 and ARD, took the device to the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing.
Researchers used the tablet to scan a bike equipped with an electromagnetic induction wheel but the tablet failed to detect any magnetic field. The motor was visible in subsequent X-ray scans.
“The wheel is ‘perfectly clean’, at least for the tablet,” wrote Marco Bonarrigo in Il Corriere della Sera. “However, the X-rays instead show the induction plates and the transmission cables, perfectly hidden by carbon. The wheel that transforms the bike into a motorbike is, for the UCI controls, a piece of inert fibre.”
The Il Corriere article comes ahead of an episode of Stade 2 on France 2 which reportedly features footage from the testing at the Fraunhofer Institute.
Follow the link to read more at corriere.it.