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by Mark Zalewski
July 12, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Froome takes narrow lead into Tour’s first rest day: ‘It’s up to other teams now’; Joaquim Rodriguez to retire at end of season; Contador scheduled for medical review Tuesday; Dani King loses Olympic appeal; Bjarne Riis happy to see Tinkov leaving; Kittel, Martin publish demands for safety; Sunweb to move up to title sponsor of Giant-Alpecin team in 2017; Dutch lottery renews sponsorship for two year; Cannondale-Drapac riders keeping cool at night; Melbourne’s scariest cycling paths: Perception and reality collide; Tour de France, stage 9 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 9; Fans on the stage 8 final climb; Team Giant-Alpecin celebrates Dumoulin; Cycling in the rain!
German pro Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin published a paper demanding safer conditions in pro cycling. Though there have been calls for specific safety measures by the likes of the Professional Cyclists Association (CPA) in the wake of major incidents, none have been been implemented.
“I thought some of the suggestions would be implemented at the Criterium du Dauphine [in June] but I’m disappointed that they were not,” Martin told German newspaper Bild.
The two lay out specific demands, including using larger warning objects instead of motorcycle drivers waving a flag. “Inflatable balloons in three meters are widely visible in contrast to the motorcyclists.”
Martin also says that scooters should replace full-size motorcycles. “It’s a difference whether 300kg or just 150kg fall on [a rider].”
The paper also calls out their fellow riders, saying there should be a ban on racers using sidewalks and bike paths.
Click through to read more at Bild.