Madiot calls for independent safety checks at races

Groupama-FDJ manager Marc Madiot talks to the press
Groupama-FDJ manager Marc Madiot talks to the press (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Groupama-FDJ manager Marc Madiot says that it's now time for independent safety experts to check and validate potential safety problems or issues ahead of major races following a string of incidents this season.

Referencing the helicopter incident on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday – when the draft from the rotors of a RAI TV helicopter pushed some crowd barriers onto the course, causing Vini Zabù-Brado-KTM riders Luca Wackermann and Etienne van Empel to crash – as well as Deceuninck-QuickStep rider Fabio Jakobsen's crash after he hit a barrier on the downhill sprint finish to stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne in early August, Madiot was adamant that the moment had come to act.

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