Rider safety back in focus after Trofeo Alfredo Binda complaints

Riders complained of roads being open to traffic and being forced to DNF

Elisa Balsalmo wins the 2024 Trofeo Alfredo Binda
Elisa Balsalmo last weekend's Trofeo Alfredo Binda
(Image credit: Getty Images / Dario Belingheri)

Rider safety has been in the spotlight again this week, with competitors from the weekend's Trofeo Alfredo Binda complaining about the race organisation on social media. Some were left high and dry in traffic having only dropped a short way off the bunch in the closing stages of the 140km race in Italy.

Lidl-Trek rider Brodie Chapman raised the issue on X, saying: "Riders who were out of the front group yet less than a few mins back with … 1.5 laps to go were confronted with opened roads, passing traffic, red lights and busy roundabouts. We were forced to stop the race and were rewarded with a DNF."

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.