Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 6, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: By a hair! Kittel takes photo-finish sprint over Coquard at Tour de France; Giro Rosa Round-up: Tiffany Cromwell outsprints them all in stage 4, Stevens stays in pink; Canty wins first climbing stage of Tour of Austria; Australian Olympic cycling team announced; UCI ‘happy to collaborate’ with others in fighting motor use; Tour leader Sagan on safety in the bunch: ‘I don’t want to fight with sprinters and also GC riders’; Bouhanni suing over fight; Brailsford says Cummings’ complaint should be heard; Rihs: BMC Racing Team is holding out for a backer like Apple; Anna van der Breggen to join Boels-Dolmans in 2017; Doug Ryder on a rejuvenated Mark Cavendish: ‘What a f**king legend’; Tour de France, stage 4 recap; Etixx-QuickStep before, after stage 3; Between stages with Giant-Alpecin; Cavendish waiting for photo finish results; Kittel exhausted

UCI ‘happy to collaborate’ with others in fighting motor use

by VeloClub

UCI president Brian Cookson has pledged cooperation with Tour de France organiser ASO and the French authorities in order to fight the threat of hidden motors. Prior to the start of the event ASO confirmed that thermal imaging cameras would be introduced in order to enable a moving Grand Tour peloton to be scrutinised for the first time. Such cameras are thought capable of picking up the heat signatures of motors in frames, wheels or hubs.

The UCI’s technical manager Mark Barfield had previously downplayed the need to use such cameras, saying that such checks during a race were too complicated to be practical.

Barfield said that the UCI’s tablet system, which detects magnetic resistance, was sufficient. However ASO didn’t agree and was given the use of new thermal imaging cameras. These were developed by the Commissariat of Atomic Energy at the request of the French government.

Speaking at the race, Cookson said that the UCI was happy to work with ASO and others on this matter.

“Obviously our role is to be the governing body,” he said. “We do the checks, but we are happy to collaborate with ASO and the French authorities to do anything necessary. We will be doing our tests, which have become familiar now with the iPad-based system, but we will also use any other forms of testing and will work with the French authorities to do that.”

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