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by Mark Zalewski
March 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko wins second Langkawi stage sprint; Hurel wins La Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage 2; Is Specialized pressuring riders to use disc brakes? Yes and no; Professional Cyclists Association sends legal warning to UCI over disc brakes; Pauline Ferrand-Prévot to race on the road, starting at Strade Bianche; Debate over proposal to reduce Grand Tour team sizes ongoing; Boonen alters race plan due to illness, crashes; Iranian Team Pishgaman suspended for multiple doping positives; 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ announced; Lotto-Soudal to be Lotto-Fix ALL for Paris-Nice; Tour de Langkawi, stage 6 highlights; Video: UCI Track World Cup Los Angeles highlights; Video: Paris-Nice teaser; Peter Sagan downs gummy bears post-race.
The professional cyclists association (CPA) has sent a legal warning to the UCI over the use of disc brakes in the professional peloton. This comes after Owain Doull (Team Sky) alleged that a disc rotor sliced his shoe during a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour last week. The UCI restarted its disc brake trial on 1 January after it had suspended it following a crash at last year’s Paris-Roubaix.
“The trial has started — it is written — before appropriate tests were conducted on the risks to which the riders are exposed in the event of accidental contact with the discs (for example during a group fall),” a CPA statement said.
“The CPA and its representatives in the [UCI] Equipment Commission have repeatedly stressed the need to round the profile of the discs and cover them with some protection. The fact that the UCI did not take into account these suggestions, according to the legal department of the CPA, make the UCI inevitably responsible, for the permission they gave to use the disc brakes without applying the necessary preventive measures, for any damage or accident that should happen to the riders.”
The CPA went on to say they will pursue legal action to safeguard the health and safety of its members, whom they view as workers under various European Economic Community safety guidelines — essentially arguing that the UCI is creating a dangerous work environment.
“With the Equipment Commission we tried in every way the path of dialogue through the repeated letters and meetings we had,” said Gianni Bugno, President of the CPA. “Now we feel compelled to act in a stronger way to be heard. As we have always said we are not against the disc brakes but against the non-implementation of the security measures that the majority of the riders asked before making the tests on the disc brakes in the races.”