The "McEwen corner" modified

The course (in red)

The course (in red) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Following concerns raised by riders in recent days that the final bend before the finish of the road course of the World Championships was dangerous, race organizers announced today that the final approach to the line will be modified. The original parcours had a final 180 degree turn with 600 meters to go that was nicknamed the "McEwen corner" because of the Australian sprinter's renowned bike handling ability, but this now will be changed to make it safer. Instead, they will use a side road to take a more sweeping approach to the bend, swinging wider than originally planned in order to reduce the turning angle. This should lead to a faster, but safer final turn.

The UCI's technical director Charly Mottet made the decision to change that part of the course. In this area, the route was behind a bridge in a zone called Nuevos Ministerios in the city of Madrid.

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