May 12th, 2011
President of the UCI, (Union Cycliste Internationale) Pat McQuaid has revealed that the cycling governing body will investigate bike safety after the death of professional rider Wouter Weylandt. The 28 year old died after suffering a head injury when he fell from his bike during the third stage of the Giro d’Italia. McQuaid announced that the UCI will “investigate and discuss with the industry… the rigidity and safety aspects of bikes.” However he conceded that there is little that could be done when athletes are racing against the clock. “We see a lot of crashes in cycling and a lot of injuries but very rarely do we see a fatality and here we did. It’s such a sad situation for a 26-year-old, so so tragic, ” he added.