Team Roompot-Oranje Peloton look to have their work cut out ahead of this weekend’s Amstel Gold Race, having committed to using predominantly disc brake bikes throughout their squad for the 2016 season, they now need to switch all their bikes over after the UCI suspended disc brake testing in races.
The reported suspension of the braking system came about after the nasty injury suffered by Movistar rider Fran Ventoso at Paris-Roubaix last weekend, which he claims was caused by the disc of another rider’s bike.
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Dutch team Roompot were the first team to completely abandon the use of rim brakes at the start of this year (save for one rider in Peter Weening), but now need to switch all of their Isaac team bikes’ braking methods before their home race in the Limburg region on Sunday.
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Team manager Michael Zijlaard now says that the team is not only working “at full speed” to get bikes changed over, but also having to adjust roof racks on the team cars that support the bikes.
“The whole organisation is working at full speed,” he told Nos.nl. “There are couriers whizzing around who are bringing us new frames and wheels. The racks must be adjusted on top of the cars too, all that stuff.”
Zijlaard also added that he understood reservations about disc brakes from other teams and riders, but lamented the timing of the decision ahead of the start of the Ardennes this weekend.
“We understand the concerns of other teams completely,” he added. “Only this is not the best moment three days before our biggest race of the year.”