New study reveals impact of chest fairings in time trials - and it’s big

Objects stuffed in skinsuits offer ‘significant’ drag reduction and can save seconds against the clock

Jonas Vingegaard during a time trial at the Tour de France
(Image credit: Zac Williams/SWPix)

Chest fairings can give riders a "significant" aerodynamic advantage and decide time trials, a new study has discovered. 

The research, published in the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, found that a large chest fairing could result in time gains of almost a second per kilometre.

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.