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Alexander Kristoff wears modified time-trial helmet in road races

As a tech department, we’re usually pretty good at spotting tech that’s out of the ordinary. During time trials we’re used to seeing new aero innovation, and while there are certainly aero tricks used in road stages, they are harder to spot. A case in point, throughout the Volta ao Algarve, Alexander Kristoff has been wearing an old discontinued time trial helmet, complete with visor removed, in the road stages without anyone picking it up. He even won took home a bunch sprint beneath the lid. 

Sprinters are perhaps the most aero-attuned of the pro peloton, besides those TT specialists. As air resistance is proportional to the square of the rider’s velocity, the faster they go the greater the difference aero gains can make, so at full sprint, something like wearing a time trial helmet could indeed be the difference between winning and losing. 

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