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by Mark Zalewski
January 24, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: The Status of Women’s Cycling – Part 1: A Discussion with Iris Slappendel; British Cycling CEO steps-down earlier than expected; Nicole Cooke to give testimony to British Parliament committee; Promising British cyclocross racer passes away; Former U23 World Champion dies of heart attack; Thalita De Jong out of World Championships; Equal prize money for 2017 HSBC UK National Women’s Road Series; Boonen to ride disc brakes during final season; Sport doping documentary that began with cycling premieres at Sundance; Multiple lawsuits filed over new Lemond carbon fibre company; Wiggins says reality TV decision based on maintaining fitness; Telenet UCI World Cup Hoogerheide highlights; Backstage Pass – Tour Down Under final stages.
Tom Boonen confirmed that he will be racing a disc brake equipped bike for some of the races this spring, which will be the final races of his career, as he is set to retire after racing Paris-Roubaix in April.
Tom Boonen will be racing on a disc brake bike in Argentina while he teammates are still on rim brakes. Photo: TDWSport Courtesy: Quick Step Floors Cycling
“It’s the biggest improvement I’ve seen in my career on bikes, so it would be stupid not to use it,” he said to Cyclingnews. Booned is currently in Argentina ahead of the Tour of San Juan beginning Monday.
He will be racing on the new Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS Disc, a bike he began riding during the winter.
“At training camp in December I was for the first time on the Venge – the real race bike – and I decided to go for it. Of course I can control normal brakes but with disc brakes you have so much more feeling. It’s the biggest improvement I’ve seen in my career – I don’t know what all the hassle is about.”
The UCI halted its testing of disc brakes in races after last year’s Paris-Roubaix when Fran Ventoso, then with Movistar, claimed his leg was sliced open by a disc rotor in a group crash. While some argued that the disc was not the culprit, the UCI sent manufacturers back to the drawing board to develop safer rotors with chamfered edges. A new trial began as of the new year.
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