Lance Armstrong

As is probably obvious by now, I?m obsessed with aero positions. So, it won?t surprise you that when I first saw Floyd Landis in his pointy, Mantis position a whole raft of questions blossomed in my brain. Was it really faster to ride that way? How much faster? Would it work for anyone? How did it handle? Would it work for me?

Armed with these fevered musings I went in search of answers. Of course, my search was rendered irrelevant when, halfway through this year?s Dauphiné Libéré, the Union Cycliste Internationale (bless the little Luddites) outlawed the Mantis position on the grounds that it allowed riders to support their forearms on their aerobars ? a dangerous and avant-garde practice that clearly had to be stopped.

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