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by Mark Zalewski
February 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Barbin wins sixth stage in Langkawi, Gibbons remains in lead; Aristi wins Tropicale Amissa Bongo opener; Sergio Henao wins Colombian road title; Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events; Peloton shaking its collective head over Sagan; Directors upset over sidewalk riding in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Vanmarcke points to Sagan for missing out on Omloop win; Quintana on disc brakes: heavier, less aero, and dangerous; Tony Martin unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after hard crash; Patrick Lefevere follows racing action from helicopter; Boonen taking early season setbacks in stride; British Government backpedals on reforms for injured cyclists to claim compensation; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour preview: Alice Barnes; On-board highlights from the Abu Dhabi Tour; Pedestrian tries to kick cyclist off bicycle.
Movistar’s GC leader Nairo Quintana has weighed in on the disc brake controversy, saying he has no plans to use them, despite his team’s bike sponsor Canyon offering a disc option.
“Our bike brand has disc bikes available but in my opinion we shouldn’t be using disc brakes,” said Quintana at the Abu Dhabi Tour.”Firstly because they don’t actually brake all that well. You hear other riders’ bikes in the peloton when the brake rubs up against the rotor. That’s one thing. Secondly, it makes the bike less aerodynamic. Thirdly, they’re much heavier.”
“Lastly, there’s the danger they pose in a peloton of more than 100 riders. They are good for a touring cyclist, or a person who goes out riding with two or three others and is more careful, but racing is another matter.
“There is no problem with the brakes that we currently have – they work very well. No one has ever had any sort of complaint. They’re lighter, and you have a much better feel.”
The UCI restarted its testing as of 1 January after it suspended it following a controversy at Paris-Roubaix last year. However, the debate quickly restarted this year following a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour last week in which Owain Doull (Sky) said his shoe was cut by a disc rotor.
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