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by Mark Zalewski
June 2, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Rajablou wins climbing stage, Shorabi takes lead in Tour of Japan; Drucker wins Tour of Luxembourg prologue; After a promising Giro d’Italia, Joe Dombrowski’s stock is on the rise. Is a move in store?; Boonen suggests more motorcycles would increase safety; Simon Yates on Dauphine start list; Tour de Suisse to show rider data in real-time; Dutch name men’s squad for Rio road race; Boardman on Sutton: ‘Victim of lynch mob’; Australia’s only female CX national champ retires; US State Department issues travel alert around Tour de France; Riding the Rocacorba with David Millar; Motorist pulls weapon on cyclist in road rage incident.
Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) has voiced his opinion over the recent increase in vehicle-caused crashes in races, suggesting that having more motorcycles, rather than fewer as many are calling for, would result in fewer incidents.
Tom Boonen has a lot of experience with motorcycles in races.
“Passing the peloton itself is not dangerous,” Boonen said to Het Nieuwsblad. “At the right time it is easy. The problem is that it is often forced to happen at a time when it is not appropriate for the riders.”
The veteran Belgian has undoubtedly seen his fair share of incidents over his long career. Race motorcycles serve a variety of purposes, from race officials to course marshals and police to neutral service and media, including still photographers and TV. The dynamic nature of a cycling race combined with the different roles played by each moto, means that motos have to often change positions, sometimes requiring passing the peloton.
Boonen is arguing that having more motos in each role would mean they are out of position less, as another at the front of the peloton can take up the role.
“If there are more motorcycles, they must pass the peloton less often. The problem now is that they are very agitated. They must regulate the traffic ahead of the peloton.”
Click through to read more at Het Niewsblad.