UCI ups technological fraud testing at Tour


The International Cycling Union (UCI) will conduct up to 4,000 tests on riders' bikes at the upcoming Tour de France.

Since January cycling's governing body has upped its monitoring of technological fraud within the sport, which has previously seen motors deployed within the frames of competitors' bikes.

During the Giro d'Italia in May the UCI tested over 2,000 pieces of equipment, but they will up their quota during the sport's iconic Grand Tour - which begins on Saturday in Mont-Saint-Michel.

A statement confirmed that "between 3,000 and 4,000 tests" will be carried out over the three weeks, and hinted extra tests would be used to ensure no foul play.

"Since the beginning of the year, we are sending a clear message which is that there is literally no-where to hide for anyone foolish enough to attempt to cheat in this way," said UCI president Brian Cookson. 

"A modified bike is extremely easy to detect with our scanners and we will continue to deploy them extensively throughout the Tour and the rest of the season."