The international cycling union CPA has called on the cycling association UCI in an open letter to do more about the safety of riders. The call-up follows the fierce crash of Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen in the Tour of Poland.
“We can no longer let the riders race haphazardly or leave it to the organization of a race. Stricter rules and even stricter controls are needed,” CPA Chairman Gianni Bugno wrote in his letter on Saturday.
“We are happy that Fabio Jakobsen has awakened from his coma, but it remains unacceptable that accidents still occur in WorldTour races where lives are at risk.”
“The August 5 incident is a defeat for all of us. We are all a little bit responsible. If we don’t finally work together according to a certain vision, nothing will ever change.”
Bugno finds criticism of CPA unjustified
In the cycling world, there has been criticism of the CPA in recent days, which has not been heard after the crash in Poland. However, Bugno thinks this is unjustified and points to the role of the union.
“The CPA is always at the forefront of riders’ defense and safety, but is the last link in procedures to avoid problems in races. Not the first,” the Italian writes in his letter.
“For example, I wonder why the teams do not intervene themselves to avoid risky situations, because they see the stage schedules in advance. They can’t let their riders start if they think safety is at stake?”
The crash in the Tour of Poland led to Jakobsen falling into a coma, from which he awoke on Friday. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step sprinter already underwent a five-hour operation earlier this week. The Polish justice started an investigation into the fall.