Young American Matteo Jorgenson says a disc brake rotor left him with a serious wound in his leg after a crash at the U23 Paris-Roubaix.
The 19-year-old posted a picture of the gash on social media, saying the horrific injury was caused by another rider’s disc rotor.
“I didn’t believe they could do this until it happened to me,” Jorgensen wrote, “When I got up, I saw [the other rider’s] rear [disc brake] rotor and my shoe completely soaked in my blood. Nothing else could have cut so clean and four centimetres deep,” Jorgenson added.
Asked by a Twitter user how he knew it was indeed a disc brake that caused the injury, Jorgensen replied.
“It’s my right left, it was a right turn, rider flew up the inside just before the entry, he ripped the front brake, slid into me with speed.
“When I got up I saw his rear rotor and my shoe completely soaked in blood. Nothing else could have cut so clean and four centimetres deep.”
You can see the image of Jorgenson’s injury here, but be advised before you click because it’s pretty disturbing.
Other pro cyclists have pointed to disc brakes as the cause of crash injuries in the past, and the UCI even suspended its initial trial of the tech back in 2016 due to safety concerns.