TV drone has short-lived debut in live broadcast after UCI intervenes to ban them mid-race

The drone didn't even have enough time to run out of charge before it was yanked out of the sky by cycling's governing body

Lucinda Brand
(Image credit: Getty)

A technological innovation to make bike racing broadcasts even more immersive and spectacular was banned by the UCI mere minutes after it was introduced.

At the Superprestige cyclocross race in Belgian municipality of Gavere this weekend Lucinda Brand was leading the field, as she has become accustomed to doing, but then something came whizzing up behind her.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.