Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 28, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Late-stage attack gives Devenyns overall victory in Tour de Wallonie; Benatti wins Tour of Denmark, stage 1; UCI finds no evidence of motor usage at Tour de France; Analysis: What can pro cycling learn from the IOC’s handling of whistleblowers?; Gilbert to Etixx-QuickStep?; Nibali responds to critics ahead of Olympics; Bahrain Cycling Team moving forward; Iranian women arrested for cycling in public; German broadcaster ARD uncertain about future Tour coverage; Raleigh increases prices by 10 percent after Brexit; Man who knocked cyclist off bike and choked him spared criminal record; Cast members from ‘American Flyers’ to appear at Interbike awards; Five Thirty Eight podcast discusses Team Sky dominance; Wiggle-High5 at La Course; Real Team Sky meets Mini Team Sky; Questionable course design at Tour of Denmark

UCI finds no evidence of motor usage at Tour de France

by CyclingTips

The UCI has announced that it carried out a total of 3,773 magnetic resistance tests for motors over the course of the Tour de France, and that no evidence of technological fraud was found. The tests came months after the first-ever case of mechanical doping proved that such motors were a real threat to the sport. The rider caught then, Belgian cyclocross worlds competitor Femke Van den Dreissche, was subsequently given a six month ban.

During the Tour de France UCI president Brian Cookson confirmed that others could yet be punished for their involvement. “It is still with the lawyers, and we are working with the Belgian authorities on that issue,” he told CyclingTips. “It is not resolved yet. It is not the end of the story, I think.”

In a release issued on Wednesday, the UCI said that tests were carried out ‘unannounced, prior, during or after racing,’ throughout the 21 stage Tour, and that all tests were negative. It also said that it had carried out a total of 10,000 magnetic resistance tests since the start of the year, and that the Van den Driessche case was the only positive. It added that the Tour de France tests were joined by separate examinations using thermal imaging cameras and X-rays and that these too were negative.

“I want to thank the UCI staff for its hard work and dedication in testing so many bikes over the past three weeks,” said Cookson. “This demonstrates our absolute commitment to leave no stone unturned in a matter that if not tackled properly, could seriously damage the renewed reputation of cycling.

“I would also like to thank the riders, the teams, the organiser of this year’s Tour, as well as the French police – in particular the Office Central de la Lutte contre les Atteintes a l’Environnement et a la Sante Publique (OCLAESP) – for their co-operation and support. We will continue to test bikes heavily throughout the rest of the season, and do everything in our power to make sure this form of cheating stays out of our sport.”

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