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
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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