This article first appeared on BikeRadar.
We’re at the 2019 edition of the Tour Down Under and have visited the start and finish of the Down Under Classic — the precursor to the race itself — and stage 1 of the race to bring you the latest and greatest race tech from the first event of the WorldTour calendar.
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Keeping your cool
With temperatures rising to over 45 degrees Celsius during the first two stages of the 2019 edition, teams have had to go to great lengths to keep riders cool.
Dedicated ice vests are more popular than ever, but the good ol’ stockings filled with ice trick and bringing a giant parasol remains the most popular ways to make sure the top talent keeps its cool.
105 and alloy in the peloton
The news that Sagan was to race on an alloy Specialized Allez Elite fitted with tubeless tyres near enough broke our little corner of the internet.
Clearly not wanting to be outdone, the same bike with a budget focussed Shimano 105 build was, for some reason, seen being loaded up as a spare to the roof of Decuninck - Quick-Step’s team car at the start of stage one.
All the computer mounts
Several teams in the WorldTour have partnerships with brands to provide mounts for the computers. By far the most prominent is K-Edge, alongside proprietary mounts from the computer brands themselves.
However, somewhat unexpectedly, Astana Pro Team lined up for stage 1 with a different computer mount on each bike, two of which we've never even seen before!
In a sport where teams are so frequently uniform, this was a somewhat bizarre way to open its 2019 WorldTour account.
ANGI and a koala
From Bang & Olufson earpieces and ANGi crash detectors to a Koala on the back of Manuele Boaro’s helmet, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the on-helmet accessory.