Official: UCI suspends the use of disc brakes in professional racing

Following the accident involving Movistar rider Fran Ventoso at Paris-Roubaix, the UCI will suspend the use of disc brakes in professional road racing amid safety fears

Markel Irizar on stage eight of the 2015 Vuelta a Espana. Photo: Graham Watson

The UCI has officially suspended testing of disc brakes due to the risk of injuries suffered by riders in races.

In a press release on Thursday, the sport's governing body suspended testing with immediate effect, following a request by the AIGCP - which represents all professional cycling teams - which was supported by the Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA).

CPA calls for a suspension of disc brake use in pro racing

"The UCI will now continue its extensive consultations on this subject by way of its Equipment Commission, which is made up of representatives of teams, riders, mechanics, fans, commissaires and the bicycle industry – via the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) –, all the while reaffirming that rider security has always been and will always remain its absolute priority," the UCI said in its press release.

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During last Sunday's Paris-Roubaix, Movistar rider Fran Ventoso was reported to have suffered a serious injury which he said was caused by a disc brake on a fellow rider's bike, a claim that was questioned by Lampre-Merida, one of two teams using disc brakes at Paris-Roubaix.

The 33-year-old's injuries to his lower left leg required surgery on Monday. Following on from this incident Ventoso wrote an open letter in which he said "disc brakes should never have arrived in the peloton."

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Speaking to Cycling Weekly on Wednesday, the CPA told us it had contacted the UCI over suspending the use of disc brakes.

"We have written a letter, with the Equipment Commission, to the UCI to formally request that disc brake tests should be suspended,” the CPA said.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.