MUR-EN-BRETAGNE, France (VN) — The UCI issued a statement Tuesday warning Tour de France teams that officials will begin random bike controls effective immediately. Commissaires will mark bicycles for control with a band (a sticker most likely) saying “UCI CONTROL.”
The bike must then be taken, under the supervision of an official, to the bike control tent. If the bicycle is not taken to the control or a team attempts to substitute the bike for another, the rider of the bicycle will be disqualified from the race.
The UCI has always had the option of checking bikes at any time during the Tour, but typically bikes are only checked before time trials and big climbing days. The announcement signals that more frequent tests are likely.