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Verbruggen aims for Giro start of helmet rule

Professional riders will probably be forced to wear helmets during races no later than the start of the Giro d’Italia, UCI president Hein Verbruggen said Wednesday. Verbruggen said he hoped the plans, prompted by the death of Kazakh rider Andrei Kivilev (see “ Kivilev mourned at Paris-Nice”), would be put in place before the Giro's May 10 start date. "It is our intention to establish this new rule prior to the start of the Tour of Italy," Verbruggen said in a letter Wednesday to former rider Francesco Moser, the president of the professional cyclists' association (CPA). “And we will await

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2003

Professional riders will probably be forced to wear helmets during races no later than the start of the Giro d’Italia, UCI president Hein Verbruggen said Wednesday.

Verbruggen said he hoped the plans, prompted by the death of Kazakh rider Andrei Kivilev (see “ Kivilev mourned at Paris-Nice”), would be put in place before the Giro’s May 10 start date.

“It is our intention to establish this new rule prior to the start of the Tour of Italy,” Verbruggen said in a letter Wednesday to former rider Francesco Moser, the president of the professional cyclists’ association (CPA). “And we will await your contribution to any subsequent debate.”

Verbruggen acknowledged the proposal still faces opposition from some riders – several of whom have called for the helmet policy merely to be recommended and not enforced.
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