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by Mark Zalewski
March 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Yohann Gene wins fifth stage of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, takes lead; From indoor superstar to cobbled spring races: Talking to Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson; Valverde to miss Paris-Nice due to illness; Cancellara has Strade Bianche section named for him; Large quantities of corticosteroid triamcinolone ordered by Richard Freeman; Sagan says all or nothing with disc brakes; Virginia Commonwealth Classic race cancelled; Government support for Reading 120 race in question; SRAM-Fox Factory litigation costs mounting; Mysterious toilet plungers protecting cyclists; Video: Mavic #lesangjaune; Street Transformations – Manhattan’s Chrystie Street protected lane; Season X. Reflection.
World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) says the debate over disc brake use in the professional peloton needs to be settled with either everyone or no one using them. Sagan had tested a disc brake team bike ahead of the Tour Down Under but has yet to use one in an actual race.
Doesn’t look like Peter Sagan will race this custom painted Venge ViAS Disc bike at the Santos Tour Down Under, still, he rolled out on it for a training ride this morning.
“If we use them, the entire group needs to use them, not just one person,” he said ahead of the Strade Bianche race. “I don’t think I’m using them tomorrow.”
The opposing forces in the debate are the riders’ union, the CPA, and the bicycle industry. The CPA is pushing against their use, even more so following the recent incident with Team Sky’s Owain Doull at the Abu Dhabi Tour. The riders voted with 40 percent saying they favoured prohibiting discs until additional safety measures could be introduced.
While there is no proof that a disc rotor sliced Doull’s shoe, the implementation of disc brake testing by the UCI has come under fire. The bicycle industry is largely pushing the introduction of disc technology in road events.
When asked if he is concerned about the safety involved with disc brakes Sagan said, “Safety concern? No. No. By now, safety is not even a concern in cycling!”
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