Ouch. One drawback of Team Sky’s new lightweight, aerodynamic mesh skinsuit has been revealed by Chris Froome – it does not protect the rider from the sun’s ultra violet rays.

Froome’s fiancee Michelle Cound posted up a photograph via her Twitter account on Wednesday of the 2013 Tour de France winner’s back badly sunburnt after a training ride in the new garment.

“The danger with wearing mesh jerseys… #ouch” she tweeted.

Detecting a possible chink in Team Sky’s usually impenetrable armour, Garmin-Sharp team boss Jonathan Vaughters tweeted back: “Aha! We’ve found his weakness. Now on to manufacturing motorized ultra violet ray guns for the TdF”

Meanwhile, Froome has probably taken a trip down to his local pharmacy to stock up on factor 100 suncream.

Team Sky’s Road Race Mesh Skinsuit is manufactured by Rapha for the squad. Froome caused a stir when he posted a photo of himself wearing the suit at the beginning of the month, when its see-through qualities could be easily observed.

Sky will be using the suit during the hotter early-season races, including this week’s Tour Down Under and the forthcoming tours of Qatar and Oman.

Photo: Michelle Cound

  • Steve Malley

    How come this item was launched in anticipation of heat at the Tour down Under but none of the riders seem to be using the mesh jersey in the race?
    Also, I’m not sure I would want to lather ones back in thick oily sunscreen (the higher the factor the less water content) and then sweat and exercise in it for a couple of hours, especially slapping on loads across a surface area as big a the back.
    Surely that would defeat the purpose of the jersey for breath-ability and comfort in heat?

  • Brendan

    He won’t necessarily ‘be fine’ just relying on sunscreen under his jersey. They really need to fix the jersey so it blocks all UV.

    Relying on just sunscreen is insufficient protection for Australian Summer conditions – you will still get burnt. Sunscreen is really only effective for the first 2 hours until it needs re-applying. Since these riders are out there for up to 4 hours, they need to use the best sun protection they can and you can’t beat just covering up to reduce total UV exposure.

    So this is a glaring oversight for the designers of this ‘hot weather’ jersey. Unfortunately a bad burn like this will dramatically increase your risk of skin cancer so Chris should make sure he regularly gets his skin checked in the years ahead.

  • Trevor

    Been there, done that 🙁
    That will be painful for a few days, particularly descending, when the sweat on his back starts to chill.

  • Ken Evans

    I would have thought if anyone would be familiar with the sun, it would be someone from Kenya. The skin “branding” should of course be in the name of the sponsors, complete with logos. (Back to the drawing board Rapha – 0/10)

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    What are these guys using for brains?

  • sam

    ‘course they can – and should – be using sunscreen

    EBH had a little laugh about it today when the Norwegian site procycling.no asked him – he said, of course Froome should be using sunscreen, then he’ll be fine

  • Galius Sun

    Sky should be using Galius Sun Creams like the Movistar Team.

  • Trevor

    I was going to ask this question when I first saw the pic of the skinsuit. I’m surprised they see this now. Nope, they can’t daub themselves with suncream either. What are the team rides wearing in Oz?