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by Shane Stokes
November 11, 2017
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Seventeen months after it was reported that the UCI technical manager Mark Barfield had frustrated a French police operation aimed at investigating hidden motors, the Briton has been replaced in that role by a former pro rider.
The UCI announced on Friday that Jean-Christophe Péraud will take up the position. The 40 year old holds a University Technological Diploma in chemical engineering, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in process engineering, and a Diploma in energy and environmental engineering obtained at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées – INSA) in Lyon, France.
He was a successful mountain bike athlete from 1998 to 2009, then rode as a professional road rider from 2010 to 2016. He won the Critérium International in 2014 and 2015, and was second overall in the 2014 Tour de France.
“Recently retired from the peloton, I wanted to continue working for the sport I love,” he said in a UCI announcement. “The challenge I have been offered today fulfils my wish perfectly. I will invest all my energy, and all my knowledge of and expertise in both engineering and the sport of cycling into this role. The UCI already has an effective policy concerning equipment and the fight against technological fraud, but I am convinced that this can still be improved. That is what I will now be working on.”
In June 2016 Barfield came under scrutiny when French TV programme Stade 2 said that he may have frustrated a police manoeuvre at last year’s Tour de France. The police were investigating possible motor use at the race and had planned to detail and question the so-called inventor of the devices, Stefano Varjas.
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