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by Mark Zalewski
June 1, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giacoppo regains lead with stage win at Tour of Japan; Problems continue with Rio Olympic velodrome construction; More operations for Stig Broeckx following motorcycle-caused crash; Sergio Henao cleared to return to racing; David De La Cruz sidelined after emergency appendectomy; Skjerping alleges negligence with motorcycle crash at Belgium Tour; Team win rankings update post-Giro; Eddy Merckx accused of corruption; Police suggest one metre passing law will increase dangers; Jacky Durand calls for feed zone safety measures; Sci-Con world bike backing champion crowned; Recovery is key to stage racing
Calls for increased safety regarding vehicles at races are continuing following the incident last week in Belgium. Cannondale’s Kristoffer Skjerping was one of the riders involved and injured by the crash. He took to Facebook to voice his opinions.
Stage 4 of the 2016 Baloise Belgium Tour was neutralized after a crash involving two race motos took down dozens of riders. Photo: JdM/PN/Cor Vos.
“I have road rash all over my body, and my elbow is just getting worse. I’m in a lot of pain because of the loss of so much skin. X-rays say that I have no fractures, but will do some more scans this week. They tell me that I’m lucky. It could have been much worse. For some riders, like Stig Broeckx, who is currently in a coma, it was much worse.”
The Norwegian rider suggested that unlike some of the previous situations involving vehicles and riders crashing, this particular one was completely avoidable and negligent.
“We were going In 80 km/h when two motos came past us on the left on the bike path. It happened on a steep decent, before a right turn. The bike path stopped, and they both slipped on the grass lost control and came sideways trough the peloton. Don’t tell me that’s bad luck. It’s just crazy, and it has to stop!”
The UCI has subsequently announced new safety rules for motorcycles in races.