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.