In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde sprints out of select group to win Pais Vasco, stage 5; Coquard wins final stage, Calmejane the overall for Direct Energie at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; Brennauer takes sprint win in Healthy Ageing Tour as van Dijk protects lead; With an eye on the all-time record, Boonen calm heading into final Roubaix; ‘One of the classiest of the big champions:’ Rivals, teammates celebrate Boonen’s career; Aru suffers knee injury during altitude training; No Liège defense for Poels due to injury; Road furniture causes more crashes at Pais Vasco, Cummings and Atapuma out with injuries; Professional Cycling Association reviews disc brake covers; British Cycling creates ‘People Director’ position to focus on athlete welfare; Team Sky bring three riders new to Paris-Roubaix; Second indoor velodrome coming to US; Video: Canyon-SRAM on why they train; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ronde van Vlaanderen; Video: UCI timing partner Tissot.
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The Professional Cycling Association (CPA), the union representing pro riders, is currently reviewing proposed covers for disc brakes, and seems to be happy with the progress.
“Yesterday the Working Group of the Equipment Commission has taken a step forward to meet the demands of the CPA and the riders on the disc brakes: the start of an investigation on the security guard. We are on track, thanks for listening!” the group posted on social media.
Disc brakes have been controversial for some time, with the year anniversary of Francisco Ventoso claiming a disc brake rotor sliced his leg at the 2016 Paris-Roubaix nearly here. The UCI restarted its disc brake trial on 1 January.
The Professional Cyclists Association sent a legal warning to UCI over disc brakes at the beginning of March after Owain Doull (Team Sky) alleged that a disc rotor sliced his shoe during a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour.
The union has been at odds with manufacturers who want to see the technology used in the professional peloton, saying that not enough testing has been done to ensure rider safety.