The Tour de France, the world’s biggest road race, starts on 2nd July and race officials are set to use thermal imaging cameras (as well as iPads) in their quest to detect ‘mechanical doping’ in the pro peloton.
According to a report in French newspaper Le Monde, French Secretary of State for Sport Thierry Braillard said that the cameras could detect heat given off from tiny motors in the bottom bracket of the bikes.
The portable thermal imaging cameras will be used at the side of the roads, on official race motorcycles and even from helicopters.
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “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. 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.”