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by Mark Zalewski
April 6, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes fifth Scheldeprijs win; De La Cruz solos to impressive stage win at Vuelta a Pais Vasco; Coquard wins second stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, Dowsett takes TT and lead; Van Dijk, Pieters take wins on opening day of Healthy Ageing Tour; Steve Tilford, master of cycling disciplines, dies at 57 after traffic accident; UCI adopts new safety measures proposed by Professional Riders Council; Vanmarcke out for Paris-Roubaix; Van Avermaet turns focus to Paris-Roubaix; Cavendish out of Paris-Roubaix with ongoing ankle injury; Kittel confirms return to Tour of California; Distance cyclist Mark Beaumont aiming to cycle around the world in 80 days; Bicycle fabricated from recycled coffee pods; Zwift Stories – Mathew Hayman; Urban Freeride lives – Fabio Wibmer.
The UCI recently published updated UCI WorldTour Specifications for Organisers, which included certain key features of the CPA Security Plan that the professional riders council had proposed to address concerns for rider safety.
Improperly marked hazards, like this at the 2015 Pais Vasco, caused a push for increased safety measures. Source: YouTube
“We are happy to report that certain key features of the CPA Security Plan have been adopted into the WorldTour Specifications, and take immediate effect,” a statement read. “The CPA Security Plan was introduced in 2016 and formally proposed in various UCI commissions since then.”
Specific changes include a formal risk assessment of the final kilometres of courses several weeks before the start of the event, creating an assessment of the possible risks and to take all necessary measures to guarantee safety when a risk is considered significant. Along with this will be a final kilometres reconnaissance video that will be provided to the teams before the event.
Additionally a Safety and Environment Manager position appointed by the race organiser will travel ahead of the race to guarantee safety when an unforeseen risk is detected. Finally, organisers must use barriers with feet that do not protrude out onto the race course, or cover those with signage.
“ANAPRC’s advocacy for these specific measures began when founding ANAPRC Director Peter Stetina and Sergio Pardilla sustained serious injuries in a crash on stage 1 of Pais Vasco in 2015, caused by an improperly marked traffic bollard inside the final kilometre of the course. We applaud the UCI for taking this step to require WorldTour races to meet this standard of care, and we call on all non-WorldTour race organizers, for all women’s, men’s and U23 races, to voluntarily adopt the same standard for rider safety.”