The news has been met with incredulity and criticism, with professional riders and cycling fans alike questioning the wisdom of such a move.
In the light of the recent death of 21-year-old American rider Chad Young, who crashed on a descent in the Tour of the Gila, some riders have condemned the prize, branding it as a “life threatening idea”.
In related news, Band-Aid brand will be sponsoring the new “most spectacular crash” classification. Seriously, who came up with this shit? https://t.co/WaUHTACF33
— Joe Dombrowski (@JoeDombro) 1 mai 2017
@giroditalia Its not that long ago that we lost our friend and college Wouter Weylandt in a descent crash.Should this happen again?! NO!!!
— Marcus Burghardt (@MBurghardt83) 1 mai 2017
How incredibly stupid. We’ve already lost riders to high speed crashes on descents (Chad Young, Wouter Weylandt). Why reward risk taking? https://t.co/NWCrxxfLZG
— Lindsay Bayer (@thedirtfield) 1 mai 2017
— Jos van Emden (@josvanemden) 1 mai 2017
— Wout Poels (@WoutPoels) 1 mai 2017