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by Neal Rogers
December 9, 2017
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In an interview with longtime cycling journalist Jeremy Whittle, new UCI president David Lappartient addressed a number of issues, including TUEs, his predecessor Brian Cookson, and testing for motors in bikes.
Lappartient said that the discovery of a concealed motor in a bike used at the highest level in road cycling would be crippling.
“It would be a disaster,” Lappartient said. “I have to be sure that this will never happen. I have no information on individuals but I want to end all the rumours of people looking at videos of Chris Froome and other riders and saying they’re using a motor. We need to do the tests also to protect the riders.”
One option, Whittle writes, is for mid-race random testing in big races, which could see the peloton riding through portable giant scanners to test for any suspicious heat or magnetic sources within bikes.
“The idea is to test World Tour events, probably all of them,” Lappartient said. “The bike will be checked, we will be able to look at every changed wheel, which we will tag, and we may do random testing during the stage.”
Click through to read the full interview at The Times.