But Démare is a sprinter and if there is one place where they come in handy it should be in sprints where aerodynamics have even greater importance than in time trials. I'm not advocating that riders should begin riding nice mountains like Fedaia or La Planche des Belles Filles in skinsuits but not going for that advantage in a sprint would be daft.Sure, but the traditional jersey / bibs combo was designed around the requirements of road racing and still serves that function well. Eating and drinking and so forth are still a requirement. Aerodynamics apply in road races, but the TT helmets, aero bars and disc wheels don't get trotted out for a 180km road stage (and several elements of those have been legislated against), and I don't feel that skinsuits should either. The aero lids fad seems to have died down a lot, that might have been aesthetic or the benefit may have been too small, I don't know. The skinsuits definitely fail from an aesthetic point of view, especially the ones that result in deformed tricolour jerseys.
If you want to wear a skinsuit for a crit type event like the Cancer Council Classic where endurance isn't as much of a factor that's one thing, but I don't see it as having a place in classics or full road stages.
Maybe hire János Pelikán. He sounds like one who can carry all the other riders' necessities in his mouth while still wearing a skinsuit. The perfect domestique.They do have the skinsuits-with-pockets option. And I suppose a sprinter could appoint a domestique as "designated food carrier".
I've never seen an ugly French national champion kit at Cofidis though.Of course this only applies to France, where I guess the sponsors are mostly trying to sell their products, but maybe the tactic of FDJ is just always have the French Champion; so that whenever viewers see him sitting in the peloton, they'll automatically think of the sponsors.
I've never seen an ugly French national champion kit at Cofidis though.
Probably. So does the Belgian federation.France could very well be one of those fedorations that actually demand prober jersey execution (in the "creating it" sense, not "killing it", coz... that would be weird).
True, which is unbelievable considering how long the team exists.They've never had a French Champion. But even if they were to get it at some point, they might be "forced" - and why would you consider that a "force thing"? - to make a proper one.
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