David Lappartient set to limit use of earpieces
Oct 23 2017 12:58 pm CET

David Lappartient set to limit use of earpieces
David Lappartient set to limit use of earpieces
Photo of David Lappartient © FFC

New UCI president David Lappartient is considering to limit the use of earpieces in the professional cycling peloton.

Earpieces have long been a topic of debate in cycling, with some supporting the use of technology while others believe that races would get more exciting when riders get less information from their team leaders.

If it's up to Lappartient, the discussion will meet its end during the Frenchman's reign at the helm of the UCI.

"I made clear that I wanted to prohibit the use of earpieces for the next World Championships," he said.

"Do the riders really need to receive that much information?" he continued to ask. "We can also send information to the bike computers or to the visors of their helmets."

A good example of a major event without earpieces was the road race of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which ended in a victory for Greg Van Avermaet after a highly unpredictable race.


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