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by Mark Zalewski
April 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Démare wins GP de Denain; Team USA defends women’s team pursuit world title in thrilling race over Australia; Whistleblower claims Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy; Specialized takes blame for component failure causing Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix crash; Did spectator try to pull Stybar’s arm in Roubaix velodrome?; Specialized CEO Sinyard ‘I believe truly that two years from now everybody will be riding disc brakes’; Gilbert on rivals at Brabantse Pijl: I let them lose; Nizzolo finally over injury, set to return at Tour of Croatia; Battle on the Border postponed; Boonen enjoying retirement; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 1 highlights; Video: Van der Poel catching air over Meeusen; Video: Celebrating British Cycling.
Cycling Weekly is reporting that Specialized, bike sponsor of the Quick-Step Floors team, is taking full responsibility for a component failure that resulted in Niki Terpstra crashing during Paris-Roubaix. Terpstra crashed on the Maing to Monchaux-sur-Écaillon cobbled sector, with photos showing the stem and steerer tube detached. Specialized since said that a “miscommunication” led to a pre-production version of rigid steer cartridge, rather than a fully engineered one.
Niki Terpstra after his crash during the 115th Paris-Roubaix.
“The rigid steer cartridge is an aluminium part connecting the steerer tube and the stem, supporting Niki’s feedback that he wanted the bike to be fully rigid for the race,” said Mark Cote, Specialized’s leader of global marketing.
“We made a pre-production model back in January for him to try out in a few test rides. After that we went back to Morgan Hill and engineered another improved model and brought five new rigid cartridges back to Europe.
“The problem was that there was a miscommunication on Specialized’s marketing team and the original pre-production sample never got taken away from Quick-Step, and the engineered samples never got put on any of the bikes. That meant Niki raced with the original pre-production model that never went through full safety testing, and that’s the part that failed.”
Cote said this is an isolated incident and does not affect any production model bicycles, and that Specialized’s CEO Mike Sinyard personally apologised to him for the incident.
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