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by Matt de Neef
June 27, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert takes his second Belgian national title; Andre Greipel claims his third German national title; Adam Blythe wins British nationals road race; Giacomo Nizzolo crowned Italian champion; Vichot wins the French national road race championships; Jose Joaquin Rojas crowned Spanish champion for the second time; Groenwegen wins the Dutch national road title; More from a big weekend of national championships; Lotto Soudal reveals that Stig Broeckx has severe brain damage; French army thermal camera to be used to detect motors at the Tour de France; Nacer Bouhanni injures hand in late-night hotel altercation; What it feels like to ride 7,000km in three weeks; Behind the scenes at the ZLM Tour with Adam Phelan.
French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reports that a military-grade thermal camera will be used at the upcoming Tour de France in an attempt to detect any use of hidden motors.
The camera will be just one of several measures used by the UCI to detect “technological fraud” and will reportedly be attached to a race moto, allowing officials to detect the use of motors mid-race.
While motor checks are conducted at the start and finish of races, there is some concern that riders might be starting on legal bikes before swapping to motor-equipped bikes.
“This problem is worse than doping,” said French Secretary of State for Sports Thierry Braillard. “This is the future of cycling at stake.”
Click through to read more at Le Journal du Dimanche.