Roxane Knetmann: I cannot explain how excruciating it feels to be riding 40km through the desert

Dutch rider Roxane Knetemann has criticised the UCI after today’s Women’s Team-Trial at the World Road Championships after her Rabo-Liv team-mate Anouska Koster suffered a heavy crash.

Several riders in the women’s event suffered from the heat Anouska Koster having lost concentration and lost control on a key segment.

“The heat in Qatar is extreme, I cannot explain how excruciating it feels to be riding 40 kilometers through the desert,” Knetemann told reporters afterwards.

“You’d expect organisers and the UCI to have some knowledge about cycling. If you send out people for a team time trial in this heat, make sure there are at least ten ambulances ready to look after the riders. The UCI didn’t think this through.”

Rabo-Liv were down to the four riders required to stop the clock when Koster crashed, cutting her face and looking delirious as she tried to remount her bike, helped by two team soigneurs.

Prior to the start of the Championships, there had been much criticism of the decision to host the races in the hot conditions of Qatar.

Koster wasn’t the only rider to suffer in the conditions as at the finish line, there were reportedly several riders who required medical assistance.

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