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X-ray trucks to be used at top races to detect doping motors

The UCI will use X-ray equipped trucks on Grand Tour stages and leading races to tackle increased concerns regarding motor doping

The UCI has called a news conference on Wednesday to present its plan in the fight against 'technological fraud', which the ruling body has made one of its top priorities under new president David Lappartient. 

X-ray cameras will check bikes after stages of the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta and the five biggest one-day races.

Under previous president Brian Cookson, the UCI had used a tablet device to scan bikes, a technique that was widely criticised by riders and some team staff for being ineffective. 

In the last two Tours de France, thermal imaging cameras were used to detect the potential use of motors in bikes, a collaboration with France's Atomic Energy Commission and the measure will be extended this year.

Former professional rider Jean-Christophe Peraud of France, who finished second in the 2014 Tour, has taken the new post as "Manager of Equipment and the Fight against Technological Fraud" with the UCI.

In 2016, Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche was banned for six years by the UCI in the first case of 'motorised doping' in cycling.

Van den Driessche, who was caught at the cyclo-cross world championships in Belgium, denied knowing that the bike broke the rules, and said it belonged to her friend.

As well as the Grand Tours, Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Lombardy are also affected.

VIDEO: Fight against technological fraud - X-ray unit demonstration

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