The UCI checked 90 bikes from six different teams at La Méditerranéenne stage race in France on Friday and found no technological fraud. The testing was unannounced.
The bikes were tested using the same technology that was employed at the cyclocross world championships in January, where a motor was found in Belgian Femke Van den Driessche’s bike. The test involves a small sensor and a tablet computer, which, when held near a frame or wheel, can detect a motor inside.
A coach from CSF-Bardiani caught the testing on video and posted it on Instagram.
The new technology allows the UCI to test a large number of bikes in a short period of time. Previously, cranksets had to be removed from each frame in order to visually inspect its interior. The time-consuming process meant that the UCI could only test a few bikes at any given event.
“The UCI has invested considerable time and financial resources in this area and trialing new methods of detection is part of its commitment to ensuring its tests are as robust as possible,” the UCI said in a statement. “Intelligence has also been gained from active engagement with the industry and other information given to us which has enabled us to refine and improve our testing.”
The UCI noted that it will continue to test a “significant number of bikes in unannounced tests in all disciplines throughout 2016 and beyond.”