WorldTour teams play bike shuffle

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09/3/2013| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Stybar wins stage 7 of Vuelta a Espana on his Specialized bike. Read on to find out what riders will be riding what bikes in 2014 OPQS / Tim de Waele

WorldTour teams play bike shuffle

What teams are riding what bikes in the 2014 WorldTour and why is aero still increasingly important?

improve upon is aerodynamics. However, aerodynamic design is restricted by the UCI with the tube 3-to-1 ratio rule which prevents companies from creating bikes that look like air foils with handlebars.

While bike aerodynamics is a great discussion point with your buddies at the post-ride coffee shop hangout, the greatest drag to a bike is the actual rider.

Coming out of this year’s Eurobike, Castelli is showcasing their new aero line of clothing from jerseys to road skinsuits, all promising to save you watts. You may have noticed pros kitted up in aero road skinsuits in flat road races for that very reason. As a tech geek, I'm curious to see what other clothing manufacturers are going to produce in the battle against the wind.

Of course we've seen the battle for aero helmets heat up with Giro and Specialized leading the charge. Team Sky during the Tour de France had Kask aero helmets for certain flat road stages. Recently Bell had an aero lid on the heads of their sponsored Belkin riders. So complain all you want people, aerodynamic helmets are here to stay and as their cooling abilities improve they won't be reserved only for flat, cool days.

While you get used to the thought of aero helmets taking over road cycling why not follow Roadcycling.com on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ - and consider subscribing to the premium version of our Training Tracker service p/b TrainingPeaks, which lets you track and analyze your training and nutrition using the exact same tools as pro riders on WorldTour teams such as Sky, Saxo-Tinkoff and GreenEdge. Login to your Training Tracker account from all pages here on Roadcycling.com while you're here to check out the latest news from the pro road cycling scene - how very convenient.

Also, if you're located in the USA you may watch video highlights from all stages of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana in our videos section .

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