How drone technology could be used by motor doping cheats

Advances in the power and battery life of tiny motors could prove tempting for riders

Tiny drone motors could be easily fitted within a bicycle frame

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Advances in drone technology could be opening the door for riders to cheat with the use of hidden motors in bikes, according to a senior figure in the UCI's fight against so-called "technological fraud".

Bob Stapleton, who was a technology entrepreneur before becoming owner of the HTC-Highroad team and now sits on the UCI Management Committee, said that the tiny powerful motors used in drones could be easily adapted to used in bikes.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.