Following the recent spate of collisions between cyclists and race motorbikes, Tom Boonen has suggested that it would actually be safer for riders if there were more vehicles involved in each race.
The Belgian’s point is that most collisions occur when motorbike riders are rushing to pass the peloton. Speaking to Het Nieuwsblad, he said that if there were more vehicles, there wouldn’t be quite the same pressure to get past.
He points out that passing the peloton need not be dangerous. “The problem is that it often must happen at an inappropriate time for the riders.”
Boonen believes that if there were already vehicles further up the road, there wouldn’t be such an urgent need to pass and overtaking could then perhaps be carried out more safely. “More vehicles would take away the time pressures for them,” he said.
The UCI is currently investigating the circumstances of the crash that left Lotto-Soudal’s Stig Broeckx in a coma and is also planning on updating safety rules relating to how race vehicles operate. As well as addressing the number of vehicles allowed and their positioning during races, the governing body said that the size and power of motorcycles was another issue it was considering.