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by Mark Zalewski
March 31, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Durbridge narrowly takes TT win ahead of sprinters as Gilbert wins overall at De Panne; Kittel wins third road stage at Three Days of De Panne; Jones wins final stage of Tour de Taiwan, Prades takes overall; Kittel: Absolutely no doubt that disc brakes will play a role in the future of cycling; Flanders race jury president to focus on footpath riding infractions; Greg Daniel crashes at De Panne, revealing existing broken collarbone; Cookson insisted on contributing to report on British Cycling; UCI allows Tour of Turkey to postpone to the fall; Sagan criticised for push on Kemmelberg; Elinor Barker focusing on UCI Time Trial Championship in 2017; Rumours of Tour of Britain stages circulating; Acquisition of Pinarello by LVMH-backed private equity firm complete; Video: Cycling Chile and Bolivia – A wild adventure.
Marcel Kittel has said that the widespread use of disc brakes is inevitable, but has also backed calls for the introduction of disc brake covers in pro cycling. The QuickStep Floors rider believes that the solution would help dispel concerns about technology he is convinced will play a big part in the sport.
On February 23 the German sprinter was tangled up in a crash with Team Sky rider Owain Doull close to the finish of stage one of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Doull claimed afterwards that Kittel’s disc brake rotor caused a long slice in his left shoe. This reawakened a debate which had surfaced after Fran Ventoso incurred a deep wound to his leg in a crash at last year’s Paris-Roubaix.
Ventoso claimed at the time that a disc brake rotor had caused the injury, although some questioned this afterwards. This included the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), who hired a forensic investigator that later refuted the Spaniard’s account. While some doubt has also been raised about Doull’s claims, due partially to the location of Kittel’s wheel and disc rotor in the crash relative to the Briton’s foot, Kittel believes a modification to the equipment is warranted.
“I think we should do that,” he said, asked by CyclingTips if a rotor cover was needed. “If it helps or not, I think a lot of guys would feel more safe with it.
“It is an argument, of course, that disc brakes get hot. It could be possible that you burn yourself, so when we have a cover that protects us from that, then we should put it on. There should be no discussion about it. However, some improvements are already being done with the rounded discs.”
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