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David Lappartient questions use of race radios over race fixing concerns

Joe Robinson
24 Oct 2017

UCI president David Lappartient looks to ban earpieces over fear of illegal betting

UCI president David Lappartient has made a vow to stop the use of race radios in cycling over fears that it may lead to race fixing.

In an interview with Het Laatste Niuews, Lappartient worried about the vulnerability of race radios and the potential risk of them being used in race fixing as a result of illegal betting. 

Issues surrounding the technology used for communication in races seemed to be at the root of Lappartient's concerns, with a motive of banning radios at next year's World Championships.

'You can communicate directly with the rider in the race. Officially, the connection goes from a team car to a rider,' Lappartient told Het Laatste Niuews.

'But technologically, there is nothing that prevents me or you from calling the wearer of the yellow jersey during a stage of the Tour.'

Although the Frenchman did not claim to believe that the adverse use of race radios was currently being exploited in the pro peloton, he claimed that he would like to address the issue before allowing it to arise like that of biological and mechanical doping.

'I do not want to get to a day when cycling, once we have clambered from the valley of doping, and the fight against mechanical fraud has been successfully carried out, is undermined by corruption and gambling scandals,' he added.

However, for some, Lappartient is approaching the wrong issues. Quick-Step Floors's sports director Brian Holm tweeted his disappointment at the UCI president creating 'a new problem in cycling' and his lack of concern towards motor-pacing.

This newest suggested measure is the latest in a busy first month as UCI president.

Lappartient has already announced he plans to combat motor doping whilst also banning the use of corticosteroids, in their entirety, by 2019.