Should this be allowed and does it help?Lotto Soudal manager Marc Sergeant has questioned the UCI’s decision to ban the so-called ‘speed gel’ that the team used during the team and individual time trials at the Criterium du Dauphine last week. Sergeant likened the gel, which leaves deposits of small ‘washing powder’ balls on the riders' legs, to the dimple inserts used by Team Sky in their skinsuits.
The odd-looking gel was visible on the legs of the riders during the prologue and team time trial during last week’s Dauphine but was notable in its absence in the opening team chrono at the Tour de Suisse. The gel is sprayed onto the legs and leaves the washing powder ball-like deposits, which are meant to reduce drag on the leg. It is also said to help with cooling.
“I received a call from Jean-Christophé Péraud, the UCI Materials and Equipment manager,” Sergeant told Het Nieuwsblad. “He told me that it is not allowed, that they will investigate the matter and that the regulations – with the Tour at the door – will be adjusted in the coming weeks.