UCI checks 90 bikes for concealed engines at French race

Banyuls-sur-Mer (France) (AFP) –


Ninety bikes from six teams taking part in a French race were subjected to unannounced checks for concealed engines on Friday as officials seek to clamp down on cheating, the International Cycling Union said.

The checks were carried out on the Delko, Roubaix-Lille Métropole, Auber 93, Bardiani, Androni Giocattoli and Veranclassic teams taking part in the La Mediterraneenne race.

The UCI said that no technological fraud was detected.

"These bike checks used the same type of equipment which the UCI trialled at the 2016 Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium where a concealed engine was detected," said an UCI statement.

Cycling was rocked two weeks ago when a concealed motor was found on a bike being used by Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche at the world cyclo-cross championships.

"The 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," added the UCI in their statement on Friday.

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