What are Continuous Glucose Monitors? Explaining their use, the ban, and Faulkner's DSQ

The Supersapiens Continuous Glucose Monitor was widely used by pro riders before its ban in 2021
The Supersapiens Continuous Glucose Monitor was widely used by pro riders before its ban in 2021 (Image credit: Supersapiens)

During her long-range solo breakaway in the latter part of Strade Bianche, Kristen Faulkner was spotted by television cameras with a disc-shaped object on her upper arm. She later admitted it was a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), a device that was banned for use in competition by the UCI in 2021, and, despite her protests, she was stripped of her third place finish

The rule she broke - specifically point three of article 1.3.006 BIS within the UCI's Technical Regulations - states that 'devices which capture other physiological data, including any metabolic values such as but not limited to glucose or lactate, are not authorised in competition.' 

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