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Tech news: WADA employs newest technology in fight against doping

This harmless looking device

This harmless looking device (Image credit: Jon Devich)

The sport of cycling is sailing rough waters as of late, but a new tool rumored to have been developed by the World Anti-Doping Agency promises to settle the waters. Cyclingnews Tech Editor James Huang gains exclusive access to unnamed agency insiders that insist that dopers now have nowhere to hide.

Carbon fiber frames and components are not the only realms of cycling that have benefited from recent advances in nanotechnology. Engineers at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are said to have employed the latest advances to develop a new testing apparatus that officials (unofficially) claim will clean up the sport now and forever.

In spite of its compact dimensions, the new as-yet-unnamed tester packs a serious punch that belies its innocuous appearance. The small handheld device closely resembles a digital thermometer, and coincidentally, is used in much the same manner: the rider in question simply places the tester in their mouth and waits approximately 30 seconds. At that point, the device will have accumulated enough data to confirm a positive or negative doping result, which is clearly displayed in a highly legible LCD panel on the unit's front face.

For the full tech feature on WADA's latest weapon, click here.

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