It turns out that Fabian Cancellara has to cancel his plans for using his Specialized time trial bike, since the UCI has banned it from the races. Needless to say, this news is not going down well for unhappy Team Saxo Bank owner Bjarne Riis.
Riis claims that the UCI’s decision to ban the TT bike is “very disturbing” and “beyond contempt”, and that the rules are so complicated, no one can understand them. Riis also insists that the Specialized bike they were planning on using for their time trials this season is “both durable and safe”.
Fans may remember that Tour de France winner Alberto Contador was also prevented from riding a Specialized TT bike at the Volta ao Algarve. This is the same model that World TT champ Fabian Cancellara wanted to ride, before the UCI also closed the door on him.
Bjarne Riis complains that “it is always about little details such as this,” apparently referring to the aerodynamic cone at the front of the controversial TT bike. Specialized, the manufacturer of the bike, has asserted that the unique design of this nose cone improves the stability of the bike, but the UCI thinks otherwise and feels that the cone’s sole purpose is for improving aerodynamics.
Be it as it may, but Team Saxo Bank has no choice but to look for another bike to use in their time trials. As Riis said, “We are working hard to find a time trial bike model that can be used. But it is a strange thing to run into at this stage of the season, when we have already started racing.”
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