30-metre mattresses will be used on key Tour de France descent

Ski racing safety devices to be installed on descent of the Col de la Loze on Stage 17 as UCI launches new safety programme

Tour de France peloton descending a hairpin
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Mattresses on descents will be among the new measures introduced at this year’s Tour de France, race director Christian Prudhomme has announced. 

The decision comes in response to concerns over rider safety, following an increase in the incidence of crashes at races. Earlier this month, 26-year-old Gino Mäder died after crashing at high-speed on a descent at the Tour de Suisse. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.