The Spanish rider from Movistar has penned a passionate and reasoned argument against the use of disc brakes his after suffering deep wound caused by a collision with a disc-equipped bike during last Sunday's Paris-Roubaix.

Calling discs "giant knives", Ventoso gave an explanation of what happened in the crash and called for solidarity among the peloton in preventing discs from being used.

"Two years ago, we started seeing disc brakes put on cyclocross bikes, and the rumour was that there could be a chance that they be tested in road cycling events.

Beforehand, I want to make this clear: I’m so in favor as anyone else that cyclocross professionals or participants in sportives enjoy the advantages of disc brakes during their rides.

But then, there’s pro road cycling events. Was there really anyone who thought things like Sunday’s wouldn’t happen? Really nobody thought they were dangerous? Nobody realized they can cut, they can become giant knives?

"At Paris-Roubaix, only two teams used them. With eight riders each, that makes it sixteen, carrying a total 32 disc brakes into the peloton.

"Let me take you to 130km into the race: into a cobbled section, a pile-up splits the field, with riders falling everywhere. I’ve got to break but I can’t avoid crashing against the rider in front of me, who was also trying not to hit the ones ahead.

"I didn’t actually fall down: it was only my leg touching the back of his bike. I keep riding. But shortly afterwards, I have a glance at that leg: it doesn’t hurt, there’s not a lot of blood covering it, but I can clearly see part of the periosteum, the membrane or surface that covers my tibia.

"I get off my bike, throw myself against the right-hand side of the road over the grass, cover my face with my hands in shock and disbelief, start to feel sick… I could only wait for my team car and the ambulance, while a lot of things come through my mind."

As a result of the incident, the International Cycling Union (UCI) has reportedly hit the pause button in allowing discs in the professional peloton.

Read the whole letter at the Movistar Team website.

Thursday 14 Apr 2016

Disc brakes on road bikes has been a hot topic of conversation and one that often polarises opinion. The ‘trial’ had been welcomed by many in the industry but the uptake was scant with riders preferring tried and trusted stopping instead of the new system that, in the event of a mechanical would be slower to service.

The technology is excellent and the consumer – The Everyday Bike Rider – will surely appreciate the benefits of what disc brakes can bring to their bike. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be part of the pro peloton.

We wait for official confirmation from the UCI about the ‘trial’ coming to an end and can be certain that this hot topic is about to warm up even more in the coming days. Stay tuned for more developments.

The debate about the changes to stopping bikes has only just started.

Read more at RIDE.

“In the last kilometers, I noticed that the others were fading, so I went full gas at the bottom of the climb, also because I wanted to get some seconds in hand and make sure the peloton will not come back," Vakoc said.  

"These steep climbs suit me well and I gave it all to make the gap. It’s probably the biggest win of my career and I’m very content with this result, because I was targeting Brabantse since the start of the year.

"It’s a beautiful victory, which comes after countless hours of training, but also as a result of the work I’ve done on my endurance, a key factor in this regard being last year’s Giro d’Italia. Now I look toward Amstel Gold Race with even more confidence, because the form is there and my legs are strong.”

 
Three-time winner Philippe Gilbert has been given the go ahead to line up at Amstel Gold Race despite nursing a fractured finger.
 
Philippe Gilbert's finger broken by drunk man while out training
BMC has announced their main rider for the Ardennes classics sustained a fractured finger in an altercation while out riding.
 
Sports Director Valerio Piva said BMC Racing Team is looking for a good result following an eventful cobbled Classics campaign.
 
"Gilbert has been given the medical all-clear from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr Max Testa, which is good news because Amstel Gold is a special race for both Gilbert and BMC Racing Team and we hope to continue our previous success at the race."
 
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Despite the setback of fracturing his finger, Gilbert is motivated for the coming Ardennes races.
 
"I've had a disrupted start to the season with illness and injury so I hope to put all of this behind me and be at the front of the race on Sunday. I have been back on the bike in the last couple of days and put in a long session today so I'm confident that I'll be in a good shape to race," Gilbert said.
 
BMC for the Amstel Gold Race
 Marcus Burghardt (GER), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Ben Hermans (BEL), Samuel Sanchez (ESP), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Loïc Vliegen (BEL).

Back surgery will force Australian cyclist Chloe McConville into retirement two months earlier than scheduled.

The 28-year-old had signed a six-month deal with Australian team Orica-AIS that was supposed to take her through to June 30.

But she must return to Australia for an operation on a prolapsed disc.

McConville is frustrated after making a strong start to her last season.

"I have done a heap of work to be going well for the (European spring) classics and I wanted to tick off some goals before I finish," she said.

"That's what I was aiming for, to prove what I could do in the classics."

The domestique has had wretched luck in her cycling career, having overcome deep vein thrombosis and bilateral pulmonary embolisms two years ago.

McConville has raced overseas for the past five years.

Katusha's Luca Paolini has been handed a 18 month suspension after testing positive for cocaine at the Tour de France last year.

The UCI announced that Paolini was "guilty of a non-intentional anti-doping rule violation."

Paolini acknowledged he used cocaine but said he didn't do so with the intention of improving his cycling performance.

Paolini was thrown out of the Tour when the positive test was announced on July 10, three days after being tested on the day of the fourth stage. He was dismissed from Russian team Katusha.

With the ban dated retroactively to July 10, Paolini's ban will end in January.

The 39-year-old Paolini won the Gent-Wevelgem one-day classic last season, and has stage wins in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.

IKEA is launching a chainless bicycle called SLADDA this year.

The SLADDA bicycle relies on a corrosion-resistant drive belt, rather than a traditional bike chain. IKEAclaims the drive belt will last up to 9,320 miles, which is two to three times longer than the average chain drive. The company partnered with Oskar Juhlin, Jan Puranen, and Kristian Eke of Verydaydesign studio to produce the stylish bike, which sports a minimalist aesthetic and clean white frame. SLADDA is a unisex bike with adjustable handlebars, which means, according to IKEA, anyone over the age of 12 can use it.

More at Inhabitat.

 

'Cockroaches on wheels' they've been called but comedian Liam Ryan lays out why hating on cyclists is just really, really dumb.

Now bikes are on our roads and oh my God do some people absolutely positively fricken HATE that. “Cockroaches on wheels,” some dude with a beard and a microphone whose name temporarily escapes me once said. You only need to read the comments section on a tabloid story about bikes to realise that people have some fiery opinions about the subject. And why wouldn’t they. It’s a BIG deal in a there-are-probably-far-more-important-things-for-you-to-be-angry-about-right-now kind of way. The NSW government recently volunteered to be a conduit for that distaste by enacting a chunk of new super fines designed to keep bike riders honest. The laws have made infringements like not wearing a helmet, riding recklessly and not obeying traffic signals cost the price of a small unit in the inner city.

 

Read more at SBS Comedy.