Safer pro cycling scheme boss ousted after less than a year, as number of crashed-out WorldTour riders reaches 38

50% of crashes are due to rider error, says UCI boss David Lappartient

A crash at Danilith Nokere Koerse
A crash at Danilith Nokere Koerse
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The UCI's new safe pro cycling initiative - SafeR - has stalled before even getting off the ground, with stakeholders forcing out CEO Jaap Van Hulten, reports Cyclingnews.

Van Hulten, who was sharing his time between SafeR and his former role as chief operating officer at Visma-Lease A Bike, was ousted after "it became clear that the work carried out to date has not lived up to the objectives set, particularly in a context in which too many accidents have occurred", the UCI told CN.

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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.