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by Mark Zalewski
June 28, 2016
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As the days tick down to the start of the Tour de France, the UCI has announced a massive expansion on the number of motor tests to be carried out on bikes at the race.
Last year testing was done sporadically on the Tour, with just 25 bikes tested by the end of stage 18. Five were done on stage two, five on stage eight, nine on stage nine and six on stage 18.
Things have been taken a lot more seriously this year. According to the UCI, approximately 500 tests were carried out at the Tour de Suisse and over 2,000 at the Giro d’Italia.
“For the forthcoming Tour de France, the UCI will have resources in place to conduct between 3,000 and 4,000 tests,” said the governing body in a statement on Monday. “An effective testing protocol is one which is unpredictable so the UCI confirms that it will deploy additional methods of detection at the Tour to both assess their performance and to ensure a varied testing protocol.”
The UCI is using tablet computers with customised software. In addition to its staff carrying out tests, it said that national federations have placed orders and that some are rolling out testing at national-level races. It spoke of excellent cooperation from teams and riders.
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