Melon City Bike


March 23, 2017

Peter Sagan, world champion and rider for the Bora-Hansgrohe has said that if disc brakes were going to be used during races, then the entire peloton needs to use them and not just one or a few persons.

This 2017 season has seen just a few of the riders making use of the controversial disc brakes, one which has been accused of capable of causing bodily injury to riders especially during a crash.

Sagan who was questioned about the issue of disc brakes following a recent incident in the Abu Dhabi Tour is currently participating on the gravel roads of Strade Bianche since Saturday.

Owain Doull of Team Sky claimed that a disc brake slashed through his shoe and got to his foot after he was involved in a crash with Marcel Kittel of Quick-Step Floors.

Sagan noted he was not sure he if he would be making use of them as he races in Strade Bianche. He also believes than not one person should be using the disc brakes, instead everyone in the group should make use of them.
“Why not? If we use them, the entire group needs to use them, not just one person,” he said.

The UCI was forced to stop the use of disc brakes after an incident last year in Paris-Roubaix with Francisco Ventoso. However, this season saw the governing body allow their return following certain changes intended to make the rotor safer.

When asked about the safety concerns in cycling when disc brakes are used, Sagan was quick to note that safety was no longer a thing for concern in cycling.

“Safety concern? No. No, by now, safety is not even a concern in cycling!” he concluded.

The CPA, riders’ union is pushing for the prohibition of the use of disc brakes after the recent crash incident.