Ventoso suffered a serious injury after a crash, which was supposedly caused by the use of disc brakes on another rider’s bike. This claim was questioned by Lampre-Merida, one of the two teams that used disc brakes at Paris-Roubaix, but the 33-year-old rider is adamant.
“Was there really anyone who thought things like Sunday’s wouldn’t happen? Really nobody thought they were dangerous? Nobody realized they can cut, they can become giant knives? Disc brakes should have NEVER arrived into the peloton,” wrote Ventoso in an open letter.
AIGCP, which represents all professional teams made a request to suspend the testing, and UCI followed it through.
“After in-depth discussions with stakeholders, the UCI then decided to authorise riders from all categories of professional road teams to use disc brakes in 2016, and to closely monitor their use during the year. The UCI will now continue its extensive consultations on this subject by way of its Equipment Commission, which is made up of representatives of teams, riders, mechanics, fans, commissaires and the bicycle industry – via the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) –, all the while reaffirming that rider security has always been and will always remain its absolute priority,” says the official statement.
The pros took to Twitter and overwhelmingly supported the decision.
What is your opinion? Should disc brakes be banned forever?