Canyon has issued a statement, asking all customers to discontinue using its Canyon Aeroad CF SLX and CFR models immediately. Following the malfunction of a section of the set-up on Mathieu van der Poel’s (Alpecin-Fenix) team-issued bike in the closing kilometres of Le Samyn, Canyon was swift to issue the stop, although no recall of the product has been announced.
The company has asked all professional teams to switch to “alternative bikes” and said they would be using the older Aeroad model or the current Ultimate model.
“On Tuesday 2 March, at one of the opening classics races “Le Samyn”, a part of the handlebar of our Alpecin-Fenix pro Mathieu van der Poel (NED) quite obviously broke off during the race," read the statement from Canyon Bicycles.
"Experts from the Canyon development and quality management departments immediately began analysis and testing to understand the cause of this incident. The affected cockpits (CP0018 and CP0015) are only installed on the current Aeroad models CF SLX and CFR. The Aeroad CF SL model is not in any way affected by this issue.”
“Canyon is… informing all affected Aeroad customers and asking them to stop using their bike for the time being.”
Van der Poel's removed and discarded the broken section during the race, and there was some speculation in a that the fault was caused by the overtightening of the clamp bolt.
"We are doing everything we can to equip affected Aeroad models as quickly as possible with a cockpit that meets both our and our customers’ demands for total quality and safety,” read the Canyon statement.