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UCI Worlds: Race Radios Banned

Surprisingly the UCI has ruled that race radios shall not be used at the World Championships. Triple world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (SUI) says the safety of riders could be compromised with the radio ban in the road races at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships in Geelong.

Cancellara, a favourite for the men’s road race, said the introduction of a ban on radios in the road races placed safety pressures on the cyclists.

“I think it is wrong, we are in 2010, we are in the modern times, ” Cancellara told reporters in Geelong.

“The radios are here not to get riders information that they have to breathe, to pedal, to push the pedals.”

“For me, the radios are there for safety reasons because when there is something happening, when something is coming on the road means you have to get information whether it is a crash, it is little things that are important.”

The 29-year-old said the removal of radios would not hamper his efforts in the men’s elite road race on Sunday, 3 October.

“I have seen so many other races where my radio was not working and I still did amazing performances,” he said.

On Thursday, the man nicknamed Spartacus is aiming to become the first male rider to win four time trial world titles after his world crowns in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

He and Michael Rogers (AUS) have three world time trial titles each, with the Australian also competing in the 45.8km event on Thursday.

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