Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Sagan wins wet and wild Suisse stage; Bole wins overall at Tour of Korea; Explosive claims that UCI official alerted others to police operations against hidden motors; UCI to study claims that its technical manager compromised French hidden motor; German cycling champ Rudi Altig passes away; The route for the 2016 Tour of Utah? A week of tough climbing; Rohan Dennis extends with BMC; Cyclist suffers serious eye injury after being hit by egg thrown from car; Behind the scenes with Sylvain Dillier; Hanging out with Team Wiggins for a day

UCI to study claims that its technical manager compromised French hidden motor investigation

by VeloClub

Following explosive claims that a key UCI official may have frustrated a French police investigation against hidden motors at the Tour de France, the governing body has said it will carry out an internal review. The response comes after the Stade 2 TV programme published emails on Sunday that showed UCI Technical Manager Mark Barfield alerted the e-bike company Typhoon that a controversial engineer, Stefano Varjas, was at the Tour and was of interest to police.

Varjas has been linked to hidden motors and had been employed by Typhoon to help develop its electronic bikes. Barfield’s email was sent to Harry Gibbings, a Typhoon director, who in turn told Varjas that the French police had opened a file into motor doping and could prosecute those involved. As a result Varjas left the Tour and was not interviewed by police.

In a statement issued on Monday, the UCI has backed Barfield and justified contacts with Typhoon. “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has consulted experts from a wide variety of backgrounds – including university academics, mechanical, electronic and software engineers, and bike suppliers – in the process of developing an effective method of detecting technological fraud,” it said.

“The person interviewed in the Stade 2 report [Gibbings – ed.] was among those consulted by the UCI in order to fully understand the technologies available and hence how to detect cases of technological fraud.

“The UCI has full confidence in its staff employed in this area. It will investigate whether emails sent in 2015 to an external consultant were passed on to a third party and used in a way that no-one intended.”

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