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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hats Off in Cycling

FORLI, Italy () -- The president of the International Cycling Union, or UCI, was quoted Tuesday as saying it would be "ridiculous" to force riders to wear crash helmets at all times during races.

"We have spoken a great deal about the tragedy of Fabio Casartelli and the problems of helmets," the Gazzetta dello Sport quoted Hein Verbruggen as telling reporters at the world junior cycling championships in Forli.

"We have been debating this subject for four years and unfortunately we still have not found a solution," he said.

"Even on this occasion, the UCI has decided not to change its position: Forcing athletes to wear a helmet would be ridiculous in certain situations."

Italian Olympic champion Casartelli died last week during the Tour de France when he fractured his skull in a fall during a fast descent on the 15th stage in the Pyrenees.