Are aerodynamic fabrics worth it?

Simon Smythe and Paul Norman evaluate the real-world benefits of cutting-edge skinsuits that promise to cut drag to a minimum

Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa of Team Sky debuted a brand new, secret skinsuit on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia, which was noticeably different from the Castelli Bodypaint 3.3 suits worn by the rest of the team for the time trial.

Sky had been working with researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology since 2016 and claimed to have taken a “completely new approach” to what has been done before; rethinking the fabric and way the suit is put together.

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