The UCI's contention was that they had received feedback via their riders' commission that some riders were concerned about the effects of some deeper wheels on windy races or when tightly grouped and relying on someone to hold their line.
What would the odds be of cross referencing those with concerns coming from riders who either already have issues controlling their bikes (ie: Euskaltel) or those who struggle to match the lead out trains/speeds guys like Cav (who would run deeper wheels) could employ.
A bad bike handler is the same on 40mm wheels as he is on 80mm. That technology has improved for deeper wheels nowithstanding.
Have to wonder what will happen when they find the same riders crash with <65mm wheels on. In fact, I shudder to think what might occur...
Either way, I'd say
The UCI's contention
is the optimal part of the phrase here. There's heaps of evidence to the contrary (as Waldo attests), yet "unnamed riders are concerned" is the easiest 'get out of jail' justification.
Yep, the UCI truly do have our backs in regards to safety.
for 2014. reynolds new power blue pads braking are rumored to equal/exceed aluminum rim pads.