Froome warned UCI on mechanical doping 'threat'


Chris Froome says he expressed concern over allegations of technological fraud following claims an engine was fitted to a competitor's bicycle at the Cyclo-cross World Championships last weekend.

The UCI launched an investigation following claims regulations were breached during the women's under-23 race in Belgium on Saturday.

UCI president Brian Cookson on Sunday revealed the governing body is trialling new methods of detecting so-called mechanical doping, saying bike checks were carried out at major road events last year and will also be in the 2016 season.

And Tour de France champion Froome welcomed the UCI's pledge to conduct such controls.

The Team Sky rider said: "It's a concern that I've had, something I've brought up with the UCI independent commission when I sat down with them and said, 'listen, from my point of view there are these rumours, it would be my advice that the UCI implements controls and measures to start checking bikes more regularly'.

"I think they are taking the threat seriously and hopefully this will mean that they only increase the number of checks that they do on the World Tour level."

Team Sky took the unprecedented step of releasing some of Froome's data during the Tour de France last year in a bid to end speculation over doping and the 30-year-old is pleased they opted to be so transparent.

"I've been really happy with how that all turned out," he said.

"I mean, people were asking for my data and, knowing that I have nothing to hide, obviously I went and did the tests and offered that data up publicly to everyone and I'm really happy how that went down.

"I mean, not to say that every athlete should do the same thing but it's everyone's personal prerogative if they want to do the same or not."