Dan Martin wears zipless t-shirt style jersey on the way to Tour de France stage six victory

Champion System jersey dispenses with zip for a lighter, more aero design

Dan Martin in his zipless jersey (Photo @BettiniPhoto | UAE Team Emirates)

We’re used to the sight of pros with their jerseys unzipped, exposing either their baselayer or pale chests with heart rate strap across the middle. That wasn’t an option for Dan Martin when he won stage six of the Tour de France on Thursday, as his UAE Team Emirates jersey had no zip.

It’s the latest twist in the never-ending quest for lighter, faster more aero cycling clothing. Made by Champion System, the team’s kit provider, the jersey is yet to be released for general sale.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.