“This is why we don’t need disc brakes”

Pros respond to Andre Cardoso’s nasty chainring injury

“This Is Why We Don’t Need Disc Brakes”

Despite the UCI s disc brake trial1 continuing into a second season, there is still plenty of nervousness among the pros about the possible dangers of the new technology2. And this nervousness was certainly shown in the response to this photo of Andre Cardoso s close-call at the Tour de San Luis3.

>>> Chris Froome wary of disc brakes in the peloton in 20164

Posted on Twitter by fellow Cannondale rider Alex Howes, the photo shows a nasty injury on the inside of Cardoso s thigh where he had got tangled up with a chainring in a crash. However despite there being no disc brakes involved in the crash, a number of pro riders picked up on the photo as highlighting the possible dangers of disc brakes during mass pile-ups.

.@ACardoso84 was thiiiiiiiis close . pic.twitter.com/ILTJOZm5gb56

alex howes (@alex_howes) January 22, 20167

Dimension Data8 s Nathan Haas retweeted the photo with the caption why we probs don t need disc brakes , but received criticism from some users for trying to use an injury caused by a chainring to highlight the dangers of disc brakes.

@dwhburke9 no they won’t Dave.

They will make guys think they can go faster, so when we crash it will be at even higher speeds!

Nathan Haas (@NathanPeterHaas) January 23, 201610

Alex Dowsett11 was amongst those to leap to Haas defence, saying that in a bunch pileup there s bodies and bikes literally everywhere and in every position.

@CliffKGibson12 @NathanPeterHaas13 in a bunch pileup there’s bodies and bikes literally everywhere and in every position.

Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) January 23, 201614

However, as nasty as Andre Cardoso s injuries look, this was far from the worst crash we ve seen in recent days, with Adriano Malori in a medically-induced coma15 following a seperate crash at the Tour de San Luis, while six Giant-Alpecin riders were seriously injured in a crash16 at a training camp at the weekend.

References

  1. ^ UCI s disc brake trial (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ nervousness among the pros about the possible dangers of the new technology (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tour de San Luis (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Chris Froome wary of disc brakes in the peloton in 2016 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ @ACardoso84 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ pic.twitter.com/ILTJOZm5gb (t.co)
  7. ^ January 22, 2016 (twitter.com)
  8. ^ Dimension Data (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ @dwhburke (twitter.com)
  10. ^ January 23, 2016 (twitter.com)
  11. ^ Alex Dowsett (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ @CliffKGibson (twitter.com)
  13. ^ @NathanPeterHaas (twitter.com)
  14. ^ January 23, 2016 (twitter.com)
  15. ^ Adriano Malori in a medically-induced coma (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  16. ^ six Giant-Alpecin riders were seriously injured in a crash (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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