Team Sky replaces vortex pimples with super-smooth skinsuit for Tour TTT
09 July 2018 09:30
Team Sky will use a new, innovative skinsuit when they line up for stage 3's 35.5km team time trial at the Tour de France on Monday, hoping it will give them an aerodynamic advantage on their rivals and help them gain precious seconds. Cyclingnews understands that the new skinsuit – called the Body Paint 4.2b Speedsuit and produced by clothing partner Castelli – has recently been approved by the UCI and is fully compliant with the UCI rules. Team Sky will be aiming to win the team time trial to help Chris Froome regain some of the time he lost after crashing on the opening stage, and to try to gain some significant time on rivals who struggle in time trials. A good performance from Sky might also put Welshman Geraint Thomas in the race leader's yellow jersey.ADVERTISEMENT Team Sky sparked a storm of protest and envy at last year's Tour de France when several of their riders wore a new Castelli skinsuit in the time trials that included patches of vortex-creating pimples on their shoulders and upper arms that gave an alleged aerodynamic advantage of between 18 and 25 seconds in the 14km opening time trial in Düsseldorf. Geraint Thomas won that prologue time trial and so took the first yellow jersey, while Vasil Kiryienka was third, Chris Froome was sixth and Michal Kwiatkowski was eighth. Froome gained half a minute on his overall rivals and 1:03 on Rigoberto Uran, who would finished second behind the Briton in Paris at just 54 seconds. Other teams were outraged when they saw the times and the pimples on the skinsuit, with FDJ making a formal protest and claiming they abused the UCI technical rules. However, Team Sky simply took advantage of the loosely worded rules, always insisting that the vortex-generating panels of pimples were an integral part of the material.
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