Industry responds to UCI's suspension of disc-brakes in road racing

WFSGI supports UCI's decision but believes future of racing will feature disc-brakes.
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The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry has issued a statement saying it supports the UCI's decision to suspend the trial of disc-brakes in the pro peleton but makes it plain that the bike industry wants the suspension lifted ASAP. "The industry is confident that disc brakes continue to be one of the products of the future and will become an important part of road racing," says the WFSGI statement. 

The UCI suspended the use of disc-brakes following the injuries suffered by Movistar Team rider Francisco Ventoso at Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix. There has been no confirmation that Ventoso's injuries were caused by disc brakes. The UCI made its decision after a request to do so made by the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels (AIGCP) – which represents professional cycling teams. The request was supported by the Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA), which represents riders.

In a press release the UCI said it will "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."

WFSGI Secretary General Robbert de Kock said: “The suspension was decided by the UCI for safety reasons and can be supported therefore. Nevertheless the WFSGI asks the UCI to immediately start the collaboration with all stakeholders on the future of disc brakes and safety in road racing.”

The WFSGI wants the UCI do a full investigation on the incident that happened at Paris-Roubaix, ending with the statement that "the industry is confident that disc brakes continue to be one of the products of the future and will become an important part of road racing."

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