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Trentin: Froome is right but the problem is not time trial bikes – it’s cars

Trentin: Froome is right but the problem is not time trial bikes – it's cars

Matteo Trentin has responded to Chris Froome ‘s suggestion that time trial bikes should be banned for safety reasons, telling Cyclingnews the issue is not…

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Matteo Trentin has responded to Chris Froome ‘s suggestion that time trial bikes should be banned for safety reasons, telling Cyclingnews the issue is not time trial bikes but bikes themselves, and that the real problem lies with the traffic-laden state of most roads.

Trentin is an active voice when it comes to safety, representing his fellow professionals via the pro rider’s union, CPA, and sitting on UCI committee meetings. It was his recent comments on the need for gravel in road races that led Froome to tackle the wider issue of safety in a recent blog, which has sparked a big debate in the peloton over time trial bikes.

Froome, whose career was derailed by a crash on his time trial bike in 2019, argued that the aggressive head-down position was unsafe, especially when training on the open road.

He was speaking in the aftermath of Egan Bernal’s life-threatening crash on a time trial bike and after Tom Pidcock had suggested pro riders needed to find a safer way to train for time trials.

"I will never be good in the TT, so I don’t really care," Trentin — speaking at the start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Gent — joked, before giving his true take on the matter.

"Of course, the point of Chris of training on the road with the TT bike is correct, but I would add that it’s not a TT bike problem; the problem is the traffic, the problem is the amount of people in cars today.

"Actually, even […]

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