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The UCI has said that it has not detected any signs of mechanical doping at this year’s Tour de France, issuing a breakdown of the testing it has done across the 15 stages completed so far.
The governing body released the statistics Monday on the third rest day of the race, saying that it had carried out a total of 712 checks on bikes, taken both before and after stages.
It said that 593 pre-stage checks were done using magnetic tablets, with 119 post-stage examinations using X-ray technology. According to the sport’s governing body, all tests were negative.
“The UCI recalls that tests are carried out at the end of each day on the bikes used by the stage winner, the riders wearing the various leader’s jerseys, three or four riders selected at random and riders who give rise to suspicion, for example following the pre-stage scan, an abnormally high number of bike changes or other incidents noted by the UCI Video Commissaire,” it said.
Mechanical doping, or technological fraud, as it is called by the UCI, first came to widespread attention when a bike to be used by the Belgian rider Femke Van den Driessche during the 2016 cyclocross world championships was found to contain a hidden motor.The former under 23 European champion title and under 23 Belgian champion was stripped of […]