Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 15, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: McClay wins GP de Denain; Johansson wins Euskal Emakumeen, stage 1; By the numbers: What it takes to win Paris-Roubaix; UCI makes it official: disc brake use is suspended pending further talks; Eddy Merckx: Disc brakes too dangerous for racing; How to beat the dreaded post race blues; Adriano Malori continues to improve; Philippe Gilbert to race Amstel Gold; WADA amends position on meldonium positives; Three Weeks To The Giro; Profile: Velocio’s Tayler Wiles; 1 in 20 among Melbourne roads closed this Sunday morning; Boonen on the 2016 Paris-Roubaix

Eddy Merckx: Disc brakes too dangerous for racing

by CyclingTips

Though the blow-back over the use of disc brakes in the WorldTour peloton did not happen until Paris-Roubaix, Eddy Merckx was already on the record as against their introduction.

The incomparable Eddy Merckx won Liege-Bastogne-Liege five times between 1969 and 1975, including three consecutive wins from 1971 to 1973. He also finished second in 1967 and third in 1970.

The incomparable Eddy Merckx won Liege-Bastogne-Liege five times between 1969 and 1975, including three consecutive wins from 1971 to 1973. He also finished second in 1967 and third in 1970.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Tour of Flanders a few weeks ago, the former champion and namesake of a bike brand that includes disc options in its line-up was quite blunt on his position in terms of their use in road racing.

“I rode a bike today with disc brakes,” he said. “Yeah, they work. But for me, the best is carbon wheels with aluminum rims and rim brakes. OK, a disc is better in the rain. But if the UCI rules said ‘carbon wheels with aluminum rims,’ it would solve everything.”

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