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by Shane Stokes
November 8, 2017
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A major part of David Lappartient’s election campaign was based on the promise to stamp out any possible use of hidden motors. The UCI president has now reiterated that pledge, saying that details will be announced soon of the measures he will take.
“I said very clearly that we will move before the end of the year on the subject of technological fraud,” he told RTBF, “and we are working on it! We will announce soon the progress of our work.”
Lappartient has previously said that he wants to add greater use of thermal imaging cameras to the magnetic resistance Ipad tests already carried out. In addition to that, he also wants to introduce x-ray technology, thus screening bikes for the same devices.
RTBF asked Lappartient about Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme’s statement at the recent Tour de France launch that he was counting on him to eliminate any such cheating. “What Christian Prudhomme especially wants is that the suspicion be swept aside,” Lappartient said. “It is normal that he counts on the authorities. It is the role of the International Cycling Union to guarantee the credibility of the sporting result. It’s where the UCI is expected! And this is where we must make consistent efforts. We will do them and we will be irreproachable in this area.”
Lappartient said that one advantage is that it is much easier to detect hidden motors than the use of banned chemicals. That detection will be simpler again with new methods being used. “Tablets can be useful but it’s not the key to everything,” he said, referring to the current iPad usage. “We will have to work with researchers, academics and industry to develop new means of control.”