UCI could use thermal imaging to detect motors at the Tour de France

The UCI says it will implement additional methods of detecting motors at the Tour de France, with thermal imaging reported to be used

Cycling's governing body, the UCI, has confirmed that it will conduct between 3,000 and 4,000 tests for motors at the Tour de France next month, with thermal imaging technology reported to be used.

While the UCI didn't specifically mention thermal imaging, but a statement released on Monday confirmed that "additional methods of detection" will be employed.

French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche claims that one thermal camera will be mounted on a motorbike to detect motors during the race - a device loaned to organiser ASO by the French military.

The UCI will also use the magnetic wave scanning technology it has had in place in recent months.

UCI president Brian Cookson said: “Since the beginning of the year, we are sending a clear message which is that there is literally no-where to hide for anyone foolish enough to attempt to cheat in this way.

"A modified bike is extremely easy to detect with our scanners and we will continue to deploy them extensively throughout the Tour and the rest of the season.”

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.