UCI tests 90 bikes for mechanical doping in La Méditerranéenne

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms that it has carried out unannounced bike checks at La Méditerranéenne on Friday 12 February, 2016, and that no technological fraud was detected.

Tests concerned 90 bikes from six teams participating.These bike checks used the same type of equipment which the UCI trialled at the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder (Belgium) where a concealed engine was detected. This equipment enables those performing the tests to investigate large numbers of bikes, both frames and wheels, in a short period of time.

UCI has invested considerable time and financial resources in this area and trialling new methods of detection is part of its commitment to ensuring its tests are as robust as possible. Intelligence has also been gained from active engagement with the industry and other information given which has enabled them to refine and improve the testing.

The UCI will continue to test significant numbers of bikes in unannounced tests in all disciplines throughout 2016 and beyond.