The peloton explodes for the Tour de Wallonia: "We won't hold on much longer!"

Several runners complained about the poor condition of the roads in the Belgian race, where they had to cross bumpy areas before a dangerous final circuit.


The peloton continues on the warpath after the latest incidents in cycling races such as the controversial arrival of the Tour of Poland with the fall of Jakobsen, the hard fall of Remco Evenepoel in the Tour of Lombardy or the injuries suffered by Steven Kruijswijk and Emanuel Buchmann on a descent in the Dauphiné. This list of episodes has led cyclists to ask the organizers for more safety when running to avoid falls and serious injuries, but at the moment their requests have not been heeded.

The last complaint from the cyclists took place this Monday during the celebration of the second stage of the Tour de Wallonia, with victory for Arnaud Démare. The runners reported on social media that they traveled through a dangerous circuit and that even in some sections of the test the track was in very bad condition. One of the most critical was Deceuninck Quick-Step cyclist Iljo Keisse, who posted this comment: "Trying to avoid bumps in the road during today's stage in the Tour de Wallonia. Mission impossible!" lamented the Belgian, who attached a photo of one of the roads through which the race passed, full of potholes and puddles in the middle of the road.

Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet was also affected by the pitfalls of the course. "I am very fond of healthy food, but seeing vegetables so closely was not something I had in mind during today's stage. I ran into a big hole in the road and fell. Fortunately, I'm fine!" ironized the Belgian.

Harder was Florian Senechal, who criticized that no measures had been taken in the face of such incidents. "Red card for the organization of the Tour de Wallonia. Very dangerous circuit for a sprint finish, roads in poor condition, many traps on the side of the road. You always react when there is a death or a serious injury. Shouldn't it be a priority to guarantee the safety of the corridors? "

South African Daryl Impey, who is not participating in the race, echoed Senechal's comment after viewing the images and issued this harsh warning to the race organizers and also to cycling institutions. "A note to all race organizers: We won't take much longer! Downhill stage rides, dangerous circuits, crazy descents and after all pathetic apologies. We want to run! Don't dodge potholes, islets or road furniture. As a rider looking at the present, I felt sorry for the cyclists who competed today ".

In this line, the Italian Matteo Trentin also spoke, calling for a union between all levels of cycling to advance improvements in racing, in addition to calling for an urgent change to avoid future misfortunes. "I'm happy to see more and more riders talking about safety. We need to be united and we need teams to support us. It is everyone's responsibility to create a better work environment. We cannot continue to do things the way they were 40 years ago. We need to act with more responsibility at all levels (teams, sports directors, teams, organizers, UCI) in this matter. A radical change is needed and we need it now. Not another day can be lost. May we have to neutralize a bad part of a career is not an embarrassment to anyone. It is time to act. "

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