UCI steps up checks at La Mediterraneenne


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A video posted on Instagram by Claudio Cucinotta, former pro cyclist and now the performance coach at Bardiani-CSF, shows a UCI official scanning the bike of Simone Sterbini at La Mediterraneenne, a 2.1 classification Europe Tour race currently taking place in the south of France.


The official scans the bike using a tablet that is presumably hooked up with a magnetometer sensor, paying particular attention to the seat tube, where the motor was found in Van den Dreissche’s bike, and to the wheels, perhaps having read our story about 100kph electromagnetic wheels on his way to the race.

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The UCI has been under considerable pressure in the last couple of weeks to step up its testing for motorised bikes in the wake of the recent scandal, with the European Cycling Union calling on the world governing body to do more to preserve the image of the sport.

In response, the UCI is looking to introduce new detection methods, with the checks at La Mediterraneenne almost certainly part of a renewed effort to detect riders using motorised assitance in races.