Using thermal cameras to find motors would mean even more motorcycles, says UCI

Mark Barfield, the UCI's technical chief, has said that motorcycles would need to be in close proximity with riders to even have a chance of working

Safety concerns are one of the main reasons for not using thermal imaging cameras to detect motors in bikes according to the man charged with stamping out motorised doping from cycling. Mark Barfield, the UCI's Technical Manager, says that thermal imaging cameras would require more motorbikes to be in close proximity to the peloton, potentially putting riders at risk.

"In order to deploy a test using thermal imaging, we would need to put motorcycles alongside the peloton, not behind, not in front, but alongside", said Barfield. "We would need to have a few motorcycles out there to conduct the test, which is clearly a safety concern."

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