Disc brake equipped road bikes have been spotted at the on going Eneco Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. The UCI Pro Continental Team Roompot posted a picture on Twitter of their new disc equipped machines.
The team is using Isaac bikes equipped with Sram Red hydro discs and Fast Forward wheels. Interestingly the brakes are not the lightweight flat mount standard, seen on the new Focus Izalco Max.
The use of disc brakes at the Eneco Tour comes after the UCI decided to partially lift the ban on discs during August and September 2015.
Prior to August 2015, professional teams were invited to submit applications to use disc brake equipped bikes at two events of their choice, with further testing allowed through the 2016 season. If all goes well the UCI intends to a formally introduce discs to the pro peloton in 2017.
We have been reliably informed by the race director that two teams have permission to use discs at the Eneco Tour, the first being Roompot and the second being Team Sky.
However, it would appear that Team Sky are yet to use discs at the race, with the Italian sprinter Elia Viviani winning the sprint for stage one on a caliper equipped Dogma F8.
Although Roompot are the first, expect other teams to follow in quick succession. The Tour of Britain is ideally situated in the calendar and features a parcours where discs could be especially useful.
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