Tom Boonen's custom Het Nieuwsblad bike: 'there's no danger in discs'

Tom Boonen unveils his custom Specialized Venge ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and dismisses claims that disc brakes are dangerous

Tom Boonen's custom Specialized Venge.

(Image credit: Owen Rogers)

Despite questions over their safety in the peloton, the custom painted bike on which Tom Boonen starts Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will be equipped with disc brakes. The Belgian superstar does not believe they are any more dangerous than any other component of the bike.

Team Sky’s Owain Doull believes the cut on his left foot and the deep slice through the fabric of his shoe was sustained after coming into contact with the brake rotor on Marcel Kittel’s bike. However, Boonen told Cycling Weekly he does not believe his team mate’s bike was to blame.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.