The Cyclistes Professionels Associés (CPA), the professional riders’ association, has called on the UCI to take concrete action to improve rider safety in relation to in-race vehicles.
The UCI’s management committee has convened in Lausanne for two days of wide-ranging discussions, and the CPA have taken a list of demands covering various aspects of safety at races, appealing to the UCI to take responsibility instead of leaving it all down to individual race organisers.
One of the main areas concerns the race caravan – an issue that has intensified in the last couple of years due to an alarming string of incidents involving collisions between riders and vehicles. The most tragic saw Antoine Demoitié lose his life after being hit by a motorbike at this year’s Gent-Wevelgem, while Stig Broeckx is currently in a coma after two motorbikes caused a huge crash at the Belgium Tour last weekend.
The CPA does not advocate a reduction in the number of race vehicles – a line of thought recently refuted by Tom Boonen – but called for speed limits when passing the peloton, along with more stringent levels of certification for drivers, and harsher punishment for bad driving.
Their document of proposals was distributed to the press and Cyclingnews has published below the page relating to the race caravan, so you can read the six areas of proposals in full.
Mandatory 3km risk assessment
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