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by Mark Zalewski
May 31, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Cimolai wins first road stage at Tour of Japan; UCI announces new safety rules concerning motorbike use in races; Giant-Alpecin nearly back to full strength; Etixx-QuickStep satisfied with Giro results; Dowsett breaks British 25 mile time trial record; Ex-pro David Cañada dies in Gran Fondo accident; Martyn Irvine considering return; How to survive racing at the development level; Australia announces Rio Paralympic team; Ducks could not care less about bike racing
Commenting two days after a number of riders were injured in a crash with two motorbikes at the Tour of Belgium – one of whom, Stig Broeckx, has been left in a coma, the UCI has announced new rules to try to improve safety.
“These new rules require absolute vigilance from all drivers and motorbike riders, who must at all times prioritise the safety of riders in the race, spectators and other vehicles,” said the UCI in a statement.
“The new rules also make it clear that everyone in charge of a vehicle must immediately comply with all directions from race commissaires. The need for safe driving, particularly when overtaking riders, has been given extra emphasis by commissaires during pre-race briefings.
“These rules are backed by sanctions which will be applied by the UCI Disciplinary Commission if any driver is found to be acting negligently.”
The step follows a number of accidents between motorbikes and riders in the past two seasons. One was in the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne race in February and saw the same rider, Stig Broeckx, hit by a passing bike.
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