UCI hit back after criticism of Van Schip’s aero handlebar disqualification

Speeco Aero Breakaway handlebars Beat Cycling Baloise Belgium Tour
(Image credit: Beat Cycling)

The UCI has hit back at criticism of the disqualification of Dutch rider Jan-Willem Van Schip at the Baloise Belgium Tour, insisting his innovative handlebar set-up violated UCI bike design rules because “using the forearms as a point of support on the handlebar is prohibited except in time trials.” 

It seems the extreme bar shape is allowed under the UCI rules but resting forearms on the long flat section is not.   

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.