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  • ridein

    RIP Antoine Demoitié, maybe part of his legacy will be some racing changes for the good if we assume the UCI will wake up now.

    • Craig S

      I agree.

      More stringent fines/suspension for when a vehicle, be it a moto, team car, neutral support etc., collides with a rider.

      Fewer motos at the races = leaving only the best drivers/operators as options
      Expediting the use of live video from the bikes to provide some of the race footage

      RIP Antoine

  • NedHed

    There are numerous analogies in other sports unfortunately, and a significant common thread I see is money: the motos are there to, among other things, allow shoot live coverage and still photos to be taken. In turn this promotes the sport for the owners who make money from selling TV rights and allowing access to the photographers. Of course, it feeds the fan base too and I’m not suggesting it stop,but there is a trade off here isn’t there ? slightly less/close/comprehensive coverage in exchange for fewer accidents and loss of life ? GoPro’s on racers bikes, live data tracking, etc, etc, ? Where doe sit end ? What happened to the simplicity of the sport ? There have been too many close calls already – I would venture to say this may not be the last death either. The UCI and other governing organizations need to give their collective heads a shake and re-think what the priorities are ? And the fans too.

    The idea of fines/suspensions is rubbish if someone dies – it’s too late then. also, is the fine for a rider left with scratches less than one left with a broken leg or worse ? Easy to say, harder to implement when you think about it: if my son died due to a moto and he was banned and fined, it would not make me feel better and I doubt it would anyone else. It misses the point entirely.

    Martin’s comment that motos provide security is nonsensical to me; watch any coverage of a grand tour and its easy to see that any nutter intent on causing harm could attack any ride with impunity despite motos or police. A sport taking public space like cycling will always be open to this, but no security was offered to this young man.

    No sport is worth dying for. Tragic, unnecessary and maddening. Bugno will hopefully direct that frustration to make things safer for the riders we all love to watch.

    • Dave

      Martin is right. Most of the motos are well ahead of the race, providing the road sweep and sealing off junctions. They are largely unseen on race TV except for the last line coming just before the race.

      It’s worth noting that when the 3 Days of de Panne organisers say they are limiting motos to 25, they are only talking about race motos and not police.

  • Callum Dwyer

    Gerand Vroomen wrote about vehicles in the race peloton 5 years ago. Good points made IMO.



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