Aero benefits without breaking the rules? Tim Wellens' handlebars take centre stage

The Belgian's 2022 Lotto-Soudal team bike has a peculiar handlebar hack and hood position. With two wins under his belt already it appears to be doing the job.

Tim Wellens
(Image credit: Getty / Dario Belingheri)

Lotto Soudal’s fast start to 2022 has seen the Belgian outfit rack up seven wins ahead of Opening Weekend. 

A major contributor to Lotto Soudal's total is Tim Wellens, with the 30-year-old taking a stage victory in the Tour des Alpes Maritimes to back up his win at the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana one-day race in January. Those with an eagle eye on cycling tech may have noticed he was running a rather interesting handlebar set-up.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.