Something must be done. Something should've been done not only after last year's Vuelta, and more recently at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, but even as far back as the 2011 Tour de France. 

Not punishing drivers, but an extensive review of the training, rules and regulations surrounding ALL vehicles at races including bikes. 

But four years later when Peter Sagan was the only one fined after his run-in with a moto, you know just how much of a farce some changes are to this sport.

So much is expected of the riders when it comes to rules and regulations, it's damning the UCI and race organisers can't get this life threatening stuff right. 

After the high emotion of the death of Antoine Demoitié following his Gent-Wevelgem accident on Sunday had subsided, thoughts turned to practicality. What could have been done to avoid this senseless tragedy?  

It is a similar sentiment Demoitié's team is encouraging. José Been, Wanty-Groupe Gobert press officer told Het Laatse Nieuws, as reported in Cycling Weekly:

“This is a tragic accident with a driver who’s been in Belgian cycling races for at least 20 years. 

“He is very affected by what happened, just as we all are. This is not a case of collision at high speed such as the ones with Peter Sagan or Stig Broeckx. This is a fatal accident – the man tried to brake and fell on Antoine.”

Dutch journalist Sebastiaan Timmerman also said in this report: 

“This was just a very unfortunate accident. Antoine Demoitié crashed with several other riders. An official motorcycle that rode behind them tried to avoid the group of riders, but it went wrong. He crashed and the engine landed on Antoine Demoitié."

Others say there are no accidents. That he could've swerved if he wasn't so close - this tragedy could've been avoided. 

But we don't know that. How can we possibly? There are no real details, nor should there be - police investigations aren't fast - thankfully. 

A beautiful young man is dead and an experienced cycling race moto driver is inconsolable. Both were at work. Something must be done.

Tuesday 29 Mar 2016

All riders were injured, to varying degrees. And each time, the UCI, the sport’s governing body, had the opportunity to take stock of the situation and enact change to ensure that riders are safe to contest their sport, on closed roads, without fear of being stuck by a motor vehicle. Instead, the UCI did nothing. (In Sagan’s case, he was actually fined for lashing at the driver who had stricken him, for “behavior that damages the image of cycling.”)

Even before Sunday’s tragedy, the increase of incidents over the past few years has been disgraceful.

In what other professional sport must athletes fear for their lives, not from other opponents, but from race officials, and TV cameras?

Read more at Cyclingtips.

Brandt, a former professional and sports director for four years of the young Belgian’s amateur career, thought back to seeing Demoitié just before Christmas. Demoitié brought over two bottles of wine to say “merci” for Brandt’s help.

Brandt remembers that Demoitié told him, “‘Thanks – I can go to a better team thanks to your work, Christophe.’ I replied, ‘You did it on your own, don’t thank me.'”

The pair first met in 2010, at a time when Demoitié played football every Sunday and rode his bicycle on the other days. As they worked together over the years, Brandt began to believe that Demoitié could excel in the one-day classics from Wallonia to the Dutch-speaking side of Belgium in Flanders.

“He was attentive to all the advice I could give him,” Brandt said. “He was a good guy, and it’s not because he died that I say that. He wanted to help others, that’s a good quality to have in a human.”

Read more at Cycling Weekly.

I'm constantly berating or pointing out the danger of the motorcycle. We have seen far too much of it - near collisions as much as actual collisions over the past few years. To my mind, the motorcycles are the most dangerous because they have the least ability to stop.

This latest incident proves exactly that. Especially on unstable surfaces. Whether they be dusty in the summer or wet in the winter, motorcycles are far too dangerous and get far too close to the bikes.

I have been speaking to (former cyclist and Eurosport expert) Sean Kelly about it at various races, and we have both had hold your breath moments. He said from the rider's perspective, motorbikes get far too close to the race.

And suddenly some feel like a part of the race. It is exciting being in a vast peloton, and the less experienced ones almost engage with it.

Read more at Eurosport.