How Greg LeMond’s aero bars revolutionised time trialling

How a time trial bar opened the door to wind-cheating tech

LeMond Oakley Razor Blade

Photo: Graham Watson

The 1989 Tour de France is inextricably linked with the first use of tri-bars in the peloton. Would Greg LeMond, who started the final time trial 50 seconds behind Laurent Fignon on GC, have triumphed by that famous eight-second margin without them?

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.