Alexander Kristoff wears modified time-trial helmet in road races

LAGOS PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 15 EDITORS NOTE Alternate crop Alexander Kristoff of Norway and UnoX Pro Cycling Team celebrates at finish line as stage winner ahead of Jordi Meeus of Belgium and Team Bora Hansgrohe and Soren Wrenskjold of Norway and UnoX Pro Cycling Team during the 49th Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta 2023 Stage 1 a 2002km stage from Portimo to Lagos VAlgarve2023 on February 15 2023 in Lagos Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

As a tech department, we're usually pretty good at spotting tech that's out of the ordinary. During time trials we're used to seeing new aero innovation, and while there are certainly aero tricks used in road stages, they are harder to spot. A case in point, throughout the Volta ao Algarve, Alexander Kristoff has been wearing an old discontinued time trial helmet, complete with visor removed, in the road stages without anyone picking it up. He even won took home a bunch sprint beneath the lid. 

Sprinters are perhaps the most aero-attuned of the pro peloton, besides those TT specialists. As air resistance is proportional to the square of the rider's velocity, the faster they go the greater the difference aero gains can make, so at full sprint, something like wearing a time trial helmet could indeed be the difference between winning and losing. 

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.