New standard to be introduced for barriers in final kilometre of races

The UCI has announced a number of measures to improve rider safety in 2021

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A new standard will be set for barriers used in the final kilometre of races, the UCI has announced, which will be implemented at the start of the 2021 season amongst a wave of new measures set to improve rider safety.

Other measures include a special committee to look at the equipment used by teams that can impact rider safety, such as disc brakes and bottle cages, as well as implementing stricter rules regarding dangerous manoeuvres on the road and discarding bidons to the side of the road or among the peloton.

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