Bastion confirms producing failed Australian team pursuit handlebar

The brand says it is working with the Australian Olympic Team to understand the cause behind the failure

Alex Porter crashes in the men's team pursuit qualifying at Tokyo 2020
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Australian brand Bastion has confirmed that it produced the handlebar which failed during the Olympic men's team pursuit qualifiers on Monday, though the precise cause remains unconfirmed. 

Cycling Weekly noted on Monday that the handlebar looked to be a Bastion model, and that the brand had removed the product from its website, soon after the crash in the Izu Velodrome.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.