Cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), issued a statement today, following an outpouring of concerns, after groups of riders dangerously crossed under a railway gate during last Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, in front of an incoming trail.
In addition, riders faced similar hazards during last week’s Vuelta al Pais Vasco, wherein metal parking stanchions were left unprotected, which resulted in injuries y to a number of riders as such Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge), Peter Stetina (BMC), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Sergio Pardilla (Caja-Rural).
UCI Statement on safety at races
Following two extremely worrying incidents that occurred over the past week during the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco and Paris-Roubaix, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) would like to reiterate that safety should at all times be the number one priority of all those involved in a cycling race.
The UCI is taking both incidents very seriously and has requested that a comprehensive report on each of them be submitted as soon as possible for review and potential action. It is everyone’s duty to make sure that our beautiful sport of cycling is not tarnished by incidents that appear to have been avoidable.
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