Francisco Ventoso accepts the return of disc brakes to Pro races
The UCI originally trialled disc brakes in professional road cycling at the end of the 2015 season, and allowed widespread use in 2016, but they were banned after Francisco Ventoso suffered a deep gash to his leg at Paris-Roubaix.
The UCI believes that the rounded edges required for the next trial should remove the risk injury and lessen the problems with wheel changes.
“It’s the same as racing the Abu Dhabi Tour in October, if they say that I have to use them, then I’ll use them,” said Ventoso at the Abu Dhabi Tour. “I think it was too soon before to trial the brakes. They didn’t do all the research. Now, it seems that they’ve done it and that the brakes are safer.
“They modified the brakes, they studied the problems and guaranteed the safety for the riders. The UCI and CPA said that with these modifications that the manufacturers made make them safer. Let’s see. I put my faith in them. I’ll use what the team gives me.”