Mark Cavendish was one of several riders to start Milan-Sanremo with a new helmet from Specialized

Mark Cavendish was one of several riders to start Milan-Sanremo with a new helmet from Specialized

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Cyclingnews have relayed claims in Het Nieuwsblad that Europcar’s Damien Gaudin won the Paris-Nice prologue thanks to an illegal helmet.

He rode with an aero helmet with the large front vent taped over to help improve aerodynamics.

Is this legal? Well it’s not clear. The rule is above says you can’t alter, add or remove things… but qualifies this in respect of design or form.

Was the design or form of the helmet changed by the tape? Perhaps but it’s hard to be sure what these rules means as the wording is ambiguous. Gaudin was cleared to ride by the commissaires.

Also if OPQS want to complain then their use of black rainjackets is against the rules. Yes, Rule 1.3.030 says “rain capes must be transparent or made to look like the jersey” and this isn’t the case for the Belgian team and a few others.

It all highlights problem of selectively applied rules and ambiguous wording. Once one team gets away with one thing, another team will try something else and before you know it, the rulebook is a pick-and-chose list to be gamed by participants.

Vacansoleil-DCM’s bike for 2013, the Bianchi Oltre.
The blue and “celeste” tones of the Dutch sponsor and Italian brand merge better on the bike compared to the previous edition which had black and white on the frame too.
Look closely and you can see they have switched to Campagnolo components for 2013. But this doesn’t appear to be full sponsorship as there’s an FSA crank and brakes, FFWD wheels and Look Pedals, as well as a gold chain that doesn’t come from the Vincenza manufacturer.
Surely the most mixed choice of components in the pro peloton and it suggests the team doesn’t have full sponsorship but is buying some of these parts although typically this is done at very good rates direct from the distributor as the team will show off the products on the roads soon.

Vacansoleil-DCM’s bike for 2013, the Bianchi Oltre.

The blue and “celeste” tones of the Dutch sponsor and Italian brand merge better on the bike compared to the previous edition which had black and white on the frame too.

Look closely and you can see they have switched to Campagnolo components for 2013. But this doesn’t appear to be full sponsorship as there’s an FSA crank and brakes, FFWD wheels and Look Pedals, as well as a gold chain that doesn’t come from the Vincenza manufacturer.

Surely the most mixed choice of components in the pro peloton and it suggests the team doesn’t have full sponsorship but is buying some of these parts although typically this is done at very good rates direct from the distributor as the team will show off the products on the roads soon.

A small detail but it looks like Giro have a new helmet for the sprinters, as worn by Mark Renshaw of Rabobank. With no vents it is more aerodynamic.
Not ideal for a hot day and we might see riders in the Tour de France wear a conventional vented helmet for most of a stage before swapping for the finish.

A small detail but it looks like Giro have a new helmet for the sprinters, as worn by Mark Renshaw of Rabobank. With no vents it is more aerodynamic.

Not ideal for a hot day and we might see riders in the Tour de France wear a conventional vented helmet for most of a stage before swapping for the finish.

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