Peter Sagan has said that either all riders in the peloton need to ride on bikes with disc brakes - or none should.
The back-to-back road world champion was talking at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Strade Bianche, the one-day race in Tuscany that has now been elevated to UCI WorldTour status.
He said: “I don’t think I’m using them tomorrow.
“Why not? If we use them, the entire group needs to use them, not just one person.”
World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, reinstated its controversial trial of the technology at the start of the season.
After a crash at last month’s Abu Dhabi Tour in which Team Sky’s Owain Doull claimed a deep cut in his shoe was due to a disc brake rotor on the bike of Quick Step Floor sprinter Marcel Kittel’s bike.
While it’s far from clear that a disc rotor was indeed to blame for the damage to Doull’s shoe, the professional riders’ association, the CPA, has called for safety features such as guards to be introduced.
Manufacturers, however, insist that the UCI should push ahead with the trial.
Asked whether fears of the perceived risks associated with disc brakes motivated his decision not to use them on tomorrow’s race across the white gravelled roads that give the event its name, Sagan had a biting response.
“Safety concern? No. No,” he replied. “By now, safety is not even a concern in cycling.”
Kittel’s team mate Tom Boonen has emerged as the highest profile champion of disc brakes in the peloton, and in January became the first man to win a professional bike race on them.
Ahead of last week’s Classics season opener in Belgium, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Boonen claimed he could stop a disc brake rotor spinning at 60kph with his hand - a theory the newspaper that sponsors the race put to the test with the help of a mechanic from the Veranda’s Willems Crelan team.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.