'It's not normal that riders should risk their life' - Ex-pro cyclist calls for action on crashes

Nicolas Roche spoke of his crash at the 2019 Vuelta a España, which he "never really recovered from" after Itzulia crash

Nicolas Roche
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Professional cyclists should not have to "risk their life if they hope to perform", former Vuelta a España stage winner Nicolas Roche has said, after a horror crash at Itzulia Basque Country on Thursday.

In a long post on Instagram, the two-time Irish national road champion said that he has "come to fear" for his friends who are still racing, and suggested that higher speeds and better braking power is partly to blame.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.