UCI officials checked six riders' bikes - including Froome's - for motors after stage 18 of the Tour de France.

Chris Froome welcomed the latest round of bike checks that took place in the fight against mechanical doping at the Tour de France on Thursday.

Froome’s Pinarello Dogma F8 was one of six bikes examined by UCI officials after the Tour’s 18th stage that finished in Saint Jean de Maurienne. This was at least the third round of checks carried out during this year’s Tour thus far; it is believed that no suspicious items were found in the hunt for hidden motors.

“I’m happy that they’re doing the checks,” said Froome. “They’re probably needed given all the rumours out there.”

Stage winner Romain Bardet and runner-up Pierre Rolland, green jersey leader Peter Sagan, Nairo Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez also had their bikes examined by technical staff from the sport’s governing body.

Bottom brackets were removed from each, and a camera was used to check for signs of hidden electric aids.

“I think most of the suspicion is on social media but they don’t come from nowhere, the technology exists,” added Froome.

  • josh

    it’s not hard most motor assist are powered by battery shaped like a waterbottle.

  • James Rider

    What a disgusting comment, no doubt you are an internet troll who doesn’t even know anything about cycling. If you think Sky are doping I’m surprised your even a British cycling fan, because clearly you don’t enjoy following this sport.

  • Stevie

    What have Sky fans got to do with anything? Or Lance Armstrong?

  • Gav Z

    Exactly. You could build a 4.8 kg bike with a 2kg motor giving a 6.8 kg bike. The UCI weight limit is 6.8Kg (I think).

  • Anyone but Sky

    Lance Armstrong welcomed doping tests as well, Sky fans are a joke saw on Twitter them chastising fans for booing Froome and Sky and calling for the fans to be attacked yes booing Froome = deserving to get beat up. Absolute scum from a vile team makes me ashamed to be a British cycling fan.

  • Craig Ross

    I’d be very surprised if what you could store in a battery meant that carrying the weight was worthwhile. April 1st story, surely. I suppose if there’s a minimum weight for the bike, you know the bike will be weighed, and you’ve the ability to build a bike way under that weight, then anything you can store is gravy: if the bike’s 2kg you might as well store 2kg with a load of stored energy.

  • Roland Lawrence

    A new range of e-bikes by lance armstrong perhaps? Also wouldnt a super quick way to check be to weigh all the bikes from a team and pick the ones with variance in them to further test?

  • Roger

    What has Greg Lemond said on this?
    When has he ever “judged” anyone?
    When has he been wrong?
    What is your problem?

  • leah

    Mechanical doping?… and Greg Lemond is quick to judge others…