With two days to go until the Vuelta a España, the UCI is seeking to address an issue highlighted by various riders about the course for Saturday’s team time trial.
Tour de France champion Chris Froome and Sky team-mate Nicolas Roche were amongst those who expressed concern about the route for the 7.4 kilometre test. It runs from Porto Banus to Marbella and includes sections of sand. Given the high speeds, close formation, narrow tyres and lack of cyclo-cross experience, chaos seems likely.
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) August 20, 2015
Vuelta ttt!!!! Are you joking???? pic.twitter.com/koVlW7T72w
— nicholas roche (@nicholasroche) August 20, 2015
— Rory Sutherland (@rorysutherland1) August 20, 2015
Froome has sought a reaction from the Cyclistes Professionnels Associés, the professional cyclists’ association.
The route appears to defy logic and, it appears, the UCI agrees. CyclingTips understands that the UCI has called for a meeting with the Vuelta organisers, commissaires, representatives from teams and riders to discuss the issue.
The aim is to try to find a solution to the safety concerns within the next 24 hours. Otherwise, mayhem beckons on Saturday.