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UCI’s thermal cameras use during Tour de France
The International Cycling Union, UCI, will use during the Tour de France thermal cameras to detect fraud technology as auxiliary engines. The portable cameras are deployed from the side of the road and from engines.
According to the BBC his heat cameras developed by the French nuclear commissioner, commissioned by the French government. Minister of sport, Thierry Braillard, states that the cameras will also be able to detect an engine that is not in motion. The UCI and organization of the Tour de France would have approved the thermal cameras.
It is striking that the UCI in April even suggested that the use of thermal cameras is not a good method to combat fraud technology. The organization said at the time that it would be easy to develop a heat shield and the cameras detect interfering too much heat. Earlier this year claimed a French television and Italian newspapers, however, have discovered with their own thermal cameras five auxiliary motors in two races. This mechanical doping would not be noticed by the UCI.
The UCI own developed system uses a tablet, special housing and software. Which technique is used is not clear in this’ UCI scanner. The organization argues that the tablet is able to scan a complete bicycle, including the frame, wheels and all components within a minute disturbances.
The BBC reports that the UCI also controls the bikes of riders at the start and finish with a system that works on the basis of magnetic resonance imaging, or an MRI scanner. In a separate update on the detection of technological fraud reports the cycling union that three thousand to four thousand tests during the Tour will be carried out, without going into the technique used. The 103rd edition of the Tour de France is July 2 start.
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