— Reinardt JvRensburg (@ReinvanRensburg) October 29, 2020
The pro peloton at La Vuelta were last night engaged in healthy debate over the safety of adopting a TT position when racing in a bunch.
Team NTT’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg raised the question by sharing a photo of Team Ineos domestique Andrey Amador riding with both arms wrapped over the middle of the bars while travelling at 64km/h in the final of yesterday’s stage.
Amador responded, saying that he did still have control of his handlebars.
I’ve seen a shitload amount of world tour riders crashing over dropped bottles while they had even two hands on there drops/shifters.. draw your conclusions..
— Jetse Bol (@JetseBol) October 29, 2020
And that does not mean that I like that position with the hands there but there are so many dangerous things
— Jesús Herrada López (@jesushl90) October 29, 2020
One concern raised was that children were replicating the position after seeing professionals using it in races.
I work at a youth cycling event. We see kids do this from 8-9 years old because they think it’s cool. They don’t have the bike handling skills to do it and they crash. We made it illegal and they get a time penalty now
— José Been (@TourDeJose) October 29, 2020