• A bicycle in the X-Ray truck. (AAP)Source: AAP
Cycling's governing body says it will select bikes to dismantle after races in an increased effort to fight technological fraud in the sport.
Cycling Central

22 Mar 2018 - 10:10 AM  UPDATED 22 Mar 2018 - 11:41 AM

The International Cycling Union (UCI) is to adopt X-ray technology and randomly select bikes to dismantle following a race in an increased effort to fight "technological fraud", the governing body has announced.

UCI president David Lappartient has promised that the detection of potential mini-engines in bikes would be one of his top priorities.

Rumours of riders using hidden motors and electromagnetic wheels to cheat have been circulating for nearly a decade but so far only one case has been uncovered - Belgian cyclo-cross rider Femke Van den Driessche in 2016.

Frenchman Lappartient announced a series of new measures in Geneva on Wednesday, including the use of X-ray equipped trucks.

Other measures include the dismantling of suspicious bikes and the continued use of tablet devices to scan bikes, a technique that was widely criticised by riders and some team staff for being ineffective.

In the last two editions of the Tour de France, thermal imaging cameras were also used to detect the potential use of motors in bikes.

Lappartient said: "We don't want to find hidden motors, we want to prove they are not there.

"I believe cycling is one of the most beautiful sports but fans must believe what they are seeing. We will continue to wage the fight against doping (with drugs) but we'll also fight this battle.

"We want to avoid those videos that circulate on social media and cast doubts in fans' minds - we want fans to support their champions and believe their results."

X-ray trucks to be used at top races to detect motors
The International Cycling Union (UCI) will use X-ray equipped trucks on Grand Tour stages and leading classic races this season following an increase in concerns about riders using motors inside their bikes.