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Froome calls for more bike testing

  • Froome calls for more bike testing

    MALLORCA, SPAIN - JANUARY 12: Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky looks on during a media day at a Team Sky Training Camp on January 12, 2016 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Tour de France champion Chris Froome wants cycling authorities to conduct more bike tests in the wake of the sport's first confirmed mechanised doping case.

UCI officials found a motor inside the bike frame of Belgian under-23 rider Femke Van den Driessche last Saturday at the world cyclo-cross championships in her home country.

Technological fraud has emerged as an issue over the past couple of years, just as the sport tries to clean its ruined reputation following the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

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Froome said when he spoke to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission, formed in the wake of Armstrong's downfall, he warned them about the spectre of mechanised doping.

"For the last few years now there have been rumours about motors being concealed within the bikes," Froome said.

"I said (to the commission) 'listen, from my point of view, there are these rumours and it would be my advice that the UCI implement controls and measures to start checking bikes more regularly',

"Over the last couple of seasons, my bike has been checked and dismantled at least a dozen times.

"They are taking the threat seriously and hopefully this will mean they only increase the number of checks they do on the WorldTour level."

Froome said he had no idea how big a fresh problem cycling has on its hands.

"At the moment we only have rumours to go on," he said.

"All I can hope is the authorities take this matter really seriously and implement more and more random controls - throughout cycling.

"That's the only way forward, the same way that the authorities have approached doping."

He added it was too early to tell whether cycling's world governing body was handling the cyclo-cross scandal the right way.

"I'm sure we'll find out over the next few days what action is being taken," he said.

Froome added that social media, rather than cyclists in the professional peloton, were driving talk about the issue.

"Most of the rumours these days are on social media," he said.

"We definitely don't ride around ... and say 'I think he has a motor in his bike today'.

"It's not like that."

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