Manufacturers were aware aero handlebar contradicted regulations, says UCI following rider disqualification

The UCI statement appears to contradict sentiment shared by the team, Beat Cycling, following use of the Speeco aero handlebar

Jan-Willem van Schip at the 2021 Belgium Tour stage three
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The UCI has issued a statement claiming that Speeco, manufacturers of the Aero Breakaway Bar (ABB), was aware that its handlebar contradicted UCI regulations - after a rider was disqualified from the Belgium Tour for using them. 

The handlebar, which utilises a unique shape to allow a rider to adopt an aero crouch whilst resting their forearms on the tops, caused a stir when ridden by Beat Cycling Team’s Jan-Willem van Schip in the breakaway on stage three.

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