Head socks and sandpaper saddles: tech tricks and fashion failures at the Tour de France

We cast a critical eye over the new equipment on display at the world's biggest bike race

Specialized S-Works TT5 time trial helmet
(Image credit: Dan Cavallari)

The Tour de France's opening weekend gives cycling fans an opportunity to eyeball the latest and greatest tech from the professional teams.

There were state-of-the-art new bikes from the big Italian arch-rivals Pinarello and Colnago that we saw battling it out on stage one.

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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.