‘Completely speechless’ – Retired Tony Martin hits out at UCI and organisers over rider security worries

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‘Completely speechless’ – Retired Tony Martin hits out at UCI and organisers over rider security worries



Newly retired rider Tony Martin spoke to the GCN Eurosport Biking Present about his issues over rider security and what he seems like is lack of curiosity in race authorities to enhance the state of affairs.Martin stated that no matter his complaints, ”I’ll nonetheless be a fan {of professional} biking,” nevertheless he had an extended listing of issues with present requirements.After elevating complaints whereas an energetic rider, he stated that, “Nothing modified actually, so all of us nonetheless have the previous requirements. We nonetheless have the unhealthy crashes. My feeling is we’ve extra crashes. We see extra large crashes, extra riders are compelled to desert races due to the crashes.”CyclingCavendish spends evening in Belgian ICU after Ghent crash4 HOURS AGOThe former time trial specialist recalled latest Excursions de France as a supply of fear.“The final two or three years going within the Tour de France, I used to be I would not say afraid however I used to be actually conscious [of] the possibility to crash exhausting the following few weeks,” he informed The Biking Present, which is out there to stream now on discovery+ and airs each Tuesday on Eurosport 1.”It was all the time careworn however not this excessive stage of stress. You’ll be able to create circumstances the place the stress within the peloton does not naturally finish in crashes, should you create higher routes.”The German steered that race organisers and the UCI weren’t doing sufficient.“You must react because the organiser,” he started. “Because the UCI, you must react to the circumstances. Do you must discover methods to make this extra protected? I believe in my view, nothing actually modified.”“If [cycling authorities] do not perceive how harmful this, I’ve to say then they’re silly as a result of they will see the crashes, they will see the riders taken away in emergency vehicles. So you must know as a federation that’s answerable for the riders, you must see the state of affairs as it’s really, you must see that you must react and that you must do issues higher. And once I see then that they arrive with some silly guidelines, like forbidden the tremendous tack, or the arrow place. Okay, you are able to do that. However for me, it sounds extra like okay, we are able to say we did one thing. “We create some guidelines that make race extra protected. However truthfully, I by no means noticed a rider crashing by doing the tremendous tack, or being in an arrow place. I by no means noticed these positions inflicting the crash. However I noticed 100 occasions folks crashing into any obstacles on the street. As a result of they weren’t secured. “However for me it’s extra apparent is they do not need to perceive it. They do not need to see it as a result of perhaps it could be an excessive amount of. An excessive amount of work. It might additionally perhaps price an excessive amount of cash. I do not know. Safety is all the time additionally a query of cash. Possibly additionally, once you do once you create any requirements, smaller races should not in a position to. And I do not see any, any means from any aspect to make races extra protected.Martin stated that he had not had any contact from organisers to make races extra protected.“I by no means acquired one request from any organiser to ask. I additionally by no means heard from any teammate who was requested by a race organiser how they will make issues extra protected.“We went afterwards to UCI to lift concern or to the race organiser. There was by no means a… dialogue how they will make issues or we are able to make issues higher.“Accidents up to now, additionally some actually, actually unhealthy endings. And no person learns from this. In order that makes me completely speechless.”- – – The UCI Monitor Champions League returns for spherical two on November 27 and you may watch all the motion stay on the Eurosport app, eurosport.co.uk and discovery+. Discover out extra concerning the “mind-blowing” new period for observe biking.Tour de FranceThe Giro-Tour double: If anybody can… Poga-can19/11/2021 AT 13:44CyclingThe ‘phenomenal’ attribute of Kadeena Cox that helped information Britain’s cyclists to glory18/11/2021 AT 18:06



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