IDLab together with UCI to make cycling safer



The infamous sprint of Dylan Groenewegen and Fabio Jakobsen in the Tour of Poland last year has opened everyone's eyes. The UCI is serious about making races safer. In order to know where and why things go wrong in the races, the world cycling federation concluded a contract with the research group IDLab (Department ELIS) led by Steven Verstockt.

Steven Verstockt tells in Het Nieuwsblad:

 "After that famous sprint we started doing research out of our own interest. We wanted to know whether we could objectively assess, based on data, how dangerous an arrival zone might be. We did so with building blocks we already had from sports-related projects. The results were quite encouraging. Then I contacted the UCI myself and presented our study. That's how the ball got rolling."

 "Currently, we are in the process of creating a database of past incidents. That is the basis for a tool we are developing to make the sport safer in the future."

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