Teams cast doubts on whether disc brakes caused Francisco Ventoso's Paris-Roubaix injury

Direct Energie and Lampre-Merida, the only teams using discs at Paris-Roubaix, say that their riders did not witness an incident with Ventoso - Both teams call for full investigation into incident

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The managers of two WorldTour teams have cast doubts on claims that a disc brake was responsible for a leg injury to Francisco Ventoso during this year's Paris-Roubaix on April 10.

Spaniard Ventoso (Movistar) said that a deep muscle cut in his left shin resulted from colliding into a rear disc rotor. However, Direct Energie and Lampre-Merida, the only two teams using disc brakes in Paris-Roubaix, say none of their riders reported seeing an incident with Ventoso.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.