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by Mark Zalewski
June 4, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Gilbert wins stage at Tour de Luxembourg; Pujol climbs to Mt. Fuji win in Tour of Japan; Chicchi fastest in Boucles de la Mayenne stage 1; GP Gatineau: Wells wins road race, Neben fastest in time trial; UCI strengthens code of ethics, establishes term limits; After head of its Anti-Doping Committee challenges existing regulations, USA Cycling cuts ties; Russian track cyclist tests positive from London Olympics; Professional Cyclist Association calls for new safety measures; Calls for Belgian lottery to sell team; Investigation finds carbon fork failure caused cyclist death; Amgen Tour of California by the numbers; Rise – Inside Team Dimension Data; Sam Bennett rocks the training ride
The Cyclistes Professionels Associés (CPA), the professional riders’ association, issued a document outlining the lack of safety protocols within races and listed recommendations for increasing rider safety. The document places the responsibility squarely on the UCI, which it says currently does very little.
“According to the UCI Regulations the UCI accepts no responsibility for course design, the conduct of the caravan, or the safety of riders in general. Instead all responsibility is placed on the race organizer,” the statement said.
The recommended caravan safety measures include certification of drivers, speed limits for passing the peloton and even suggesting alternative roads to avoid passing the peloton altogether. In particular the CPS recommended a “near-miss reporting system” to track driver behaviour. The document made clear it is not calling for a decrease in vehicles, particularly motorcycles, recognising they are primarily used in a safety role.
While the issuing of the document comes at a time when motorcycle-related incidents have increased, the document also addresses the issue of race finish designs, where the dangers are amplified. The CPA calls for new rules to ensure best practices inside the final 3km of a course, particularly focusing on avoidance of obstacles within the roadway.
The document concludes with a 3km Risk Assessment Document in order to have all organisers on the same page in determining course design safety measures.
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