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Mechanical doping: British Cycling tests for hidden motors at national championships

Governing body says it is determined to fight “all forms of cheating”

British Cycling is checking bikes for hidden motors at the road national championships, which have started in Stockton-on-Tees today.

The governing body says it is using the same scanning equipment used by the UCI that in January detected a concealed motor in a bike prepared for Belgian under-23 rider Femke Van Den Driessche at the cyclo-cross world championships.

The global governing body held a training day hosted by British Cycling in Manchester to demonstrate how the app and tablet-based scanning works.

Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s cyclesport and membership director, commented: “British Cycling is one of the first national federations to respond to this form of cheating and we are taking our responsibility very seriously.

“The National Road Race Championships was the ideal first event to undertake testing of the new technology.

“While technical fraud is extremely rare, we need to ensure that we are taking action in the fight against all forms of cheating and the new scanning method is a real step forward, especially given that it can be done so quickly.

“We will soon roll out the testing across other disciplines,” he added.

The time trials are taking place today, while the road races will be held on Sunday. More information can be found on the Stockton Cycling Festival website.

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