Gamblers could fix races by hacking into team radios and talking to riders, says new UCI president

David Lappartient plans to ban radios from 2018 World Championships

A Lotto-Soudal rider receives adjustments to his race radio

(Image credit: Watson)

Top-level races could be fixed and riders being told how to ride through race radios, according to David Lappartient, the newly-elected president of the UCI.

Reigniting the debate over the use of race radios in professional radios, Lappartient said that the technology meant that gamblers could possibly hack into the communications between a rider and team car, telling the rider how to ride and where they should finish, depending on the bets they had placed.

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