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3,773 motor doping tests conducted at the Tour de France

Chris Froome bike is checked for a motor on Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France
Josh Cunningham
27 Jul 2016

The UCI conducted a total of 3,773 technological fraud tests at the Tour de France, with no bikes showing signs of a motor.

After conducting a total of 3,773 unannounced tests over the three-week course of the Tour de France, the UCI has said that no positive tests were signalled during the race. 

The tests were made using magnetic resistance technology, which effectively scans the bike for a hidden motor - a test that the UCI has been employing since January, so far conducting over 10,000 tests. Of those tests only one was found to be positive, with the rider in question - Belgian Femke Van den Driessche - being handed a six year ban as well as a fine. 

On top of the magnetic resistance 'scanning', the UCI also used thermal imaging and X-rays to corroborate their initial test results. 

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 absolute commitment to leave no stone unturned in a matter that if not tackled properly, could seriously damage the renewed reputation of cycling. I would also like to thank the riders, the teams, the organiser of this year’s Tour, as well as the French police – in particular the Office Central de la Lutte contre les Atteintes à l’Environnement et à la Santé Publique (OCLAESP) – for their co-operation and support. We will continue to test bikes heavily throughout the rest of the season, and do everything in our power to make sure this form of cheating stays out of our sport.'

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