AusCycling apologises for snapped handlebar horror at Tokyo Olympics

Damning report finds inadequate specification and testing at the heart of the equipment failure that saw rider crash at 60 km/h

Alex Porter crashes after handlebar snaps during team pursuit qualifying in Tokyo Olympics
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AusCycling has apologised after releasing a report into the handlebar which snapped during the Tokyo Olympics Team Pursuit, causing Alex Porter to crash heavily. 

The report, conducted by mechanical and aeronautical engineer John Baker, made 14 recommendations after Porter’s bars snapped dramatically during qualifying. The heavy crash left the rider with numerous injuries including friction burns to his face. 

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.