One of the hot topics in the world of cycling in recent weeks and months has been the danger of high-speed descents and how to make them safer. For stage 17 at the Tour de France, ASO have made the descent from the Col de la Loze more rider friendly.
Gino Mader sadly lost his life on such a descent at the Tour de Suisse and understandably, no one ever wants to see tragic scenes like that again. As such the ASO have placed air mattresses on the dangerous corners in order to try and keep the riders as safe as possible.
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If for one reason or another, a rider loses control on the descent, instead of dangerously careering off the road, riders will instead makes contact with the soft and forgiving mattresses seen in the picture below courtesy of 'the Inner Ring' Twitter account.