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by Mark Zalewski
April 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Esteban Chaves staying upbeat about debut Tour despite racing calendar disruptions; British Cycling’s new performance director says he will not prevent riders from consulting Shane Sutton; Vos curbing expectations ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Matthews ready for a change of Classics tactics with Sunweb; UCI Track World Championships continue with strong Aussie performance; Jason Kenny to retire before the next Olympics?; CCC-SprandiPolkowice bikes stolen ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Teams using Tour of the Alps as rehearsal for Giro; Belgian federation educating young cyclists to not imitate pros; Mancebo signs with U.S. Continental team Canyon Bicycles Pro Cycling; Putting a stamp on a world title; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 2 highlights; Video: Handmade – Brompton Bikes.
The Belgian Cycling Federation is taking it upon itself to educate younger cyclists to not imitate the pros they see racing on TV, in light of the recent high-profile incidents in racing, including the crashes of Stig Broeckx and Antoine Demoitié, as well as level crossing incidents at races like Strade Bianche Paris-Roubaix and the U23 Tour of Flanders.
In the 2015 edition of Roubaix, several riders chanced their arm at a level crossing, getting across mere seconds before a high-speed train came through. Thankfully no one was hit, but the incident did prompt a change in the rules, hopefully preventing a repeat performance in future.
“Look before you leap,” stressed UCI Commissioner Philippe Mariën as he spoke to forty youth riders for the required course with the Belgian Cycling Federation. The course also attempts to educate young riders with the dangers of doping in sport.
“The death of Antoine Demoitié and Daan Myngheer and heavy accidents like Stig Broeckx were a shock,” said Mariën. “But a year later I still fear what I see in the peloton — constant pushing, pulling, no detection of obstacles … A mindset change must come and we want to get that through to the youth riders. In Europe we are the pioneers.”
Amaury Capiot, a third-year pro with the Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise team, was also present to reinforce the ideas to the young racers.
“In the final is a good position more important than safety? No. Through these classes we talk about the dangers. Respect is a necessity in the peloton.”
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