Giant-Alpecin to wear protective shorts at Tour de France

No one wants to fall off their bike, and for many even talk of “touching down” is taboo. However, being prepared is no bad thing….

Photo: © CorVos / Team Giant-Alpecin
(Image credit: Cor Vos)

In the Tour de France, crashing and the associated injuries are an unfortunate reality. Especially, in the first week's flat stages and on the cobbles of this year's stage four.

Team Giant-Alpecin, in collaboration with Royal DSM (a global life sciences and materials sciences company), have announced that the team will be wearing new protective shorts in the Tour de France.


Giant-Alpecin's bib shorts contain Royal DSM's new fabric which contains Dyneema (Photo:© CorVos / Team Giant-Alpecin)
(Image credit: FRAN MENEZ)

Protective lycra cycling shorts are not unheard of, in fact Scott released its own set of gravel rash avoiding clothing at the end of 2014.

Team Giant-Alpecin's bibshorts feature Royal DSM’s new fabric which contains Dyneema which is said to offer greater protection to a rider’s thighs. The CEO of Team Giant-Alpecin, Iwan Spekenbrink, claims “The protection and safety offered by incorporating Dyneema helps substantially in the reduction of wounds and injuries of the riders which give a positive impact on their performance.”


Without Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb will be Giant-Alpecin's leading sprinter (Photo:© Team Giant-Alpecin
(Image credit: LENNAERT RUINEN)

Although Marcel Kittel won't be involved in the sprints, John Degenkolb and his lead-out train can sprint safe in the knowledge that when the unfortunate inevitably happens they might hold up a bit better than others.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1