Bianchi releases statement after Hugo Hofstetter snaps two pairs of handlebars

Bianchi Oltre RC
(Image credit: Bianchi)

Bianchi has released a statement regarding French sprinter Hugo Hofstetter's mechanical issues at the Grand Prix de Denain one-day race on Thursday. 

The Arkéa-Samsic rider had two pairs of carbon handlebars break on his Bianchi Oltre RC team race bike within the last 50km of the race, eventually leading to him abandoning the race. The first problem came as a result of a crash just under 50km from the line which saw the left-hand side of his one-piece carbon fibre handlebars fail. 

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Tom Wieckowski
Tech writer

Tom joined the Cyclingnews team in late 2022 as tech writer. Tom has over 10 years experience as a qualified mechanic with 5 or so of those being spent running an independent workshop. Tom has ridden and raced bikes from an early age up to a national level on the road and track and has ridden and competed in most disciplines, even the odd bit of bike polo. Tom is as happy tinkering away in the garage as he is out on the road bike exploring the Worcestershire lanes.