Despite thousands of checks carried out in the Tour de France, the only positive test remains from the UCI Cyclocross World Championships, photo Sirotti

The UCI are happy to report that after extensive testing during the 2016 Tour de France, they found no evidence of technological fraud during the entire three-week race.

Despite the fact that random, unannounced checks were made on Tour de France bikes before, during and after racing over the 21 stages of this year’s Tour de France, not a single check turned up a positive result; something that hopefully will continue to aide the recovery of integrity to professional cycling.

In all 3,773 tests were carried out over the period of the Tour de France.  Average that out between the 198 riders who started the Tour de France and you have 19 tests each in three weeks, almost a bike check per day per rider.  Using magnetic resistance technology, the same check method that was used to detect the engine in Femke Van den Driessche’s bike at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships, it is the Belgian’s bike that remains the only positive test so far.

Aside from the magnetic resistance technology, the UCI has also made use of thermal imaging and  X-rays to ensure that their results could be verified with these methods as well.

UCI president Brian Cookson said, “I want to thank the UCI staff for its hard work and dedication in testing so many bikes over the past three weeks.  This demonstrates our absolutely commitment to leave no stone unturned in a matter that if not tackled properly, could seriously damage the renewed reputation of cycling.”


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