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Van Garderen, Dennis and Phinney test TT machines in wind tunnel - Gallery

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Tejay van Garderen at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Tejay van Garderen at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Getting the rigs ready for the tests at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Getting the rigs ready for the tests at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Tejay van Garderen at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Tejay van Garderen at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Inside the tunnel.

Inside the tunnel.
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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Working with Taylor Phinney on his position.

Working with Taylor Phinney on his position.
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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Tejay van Garderen and Rohan Dennis wait for their tests.

Tejay van Garderen and Rohan Dennis wait for their tests.
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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Watching the tests

Watching the tests
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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More preparation for the test.

More preparation for the test.
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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Studying the bike and position before the tests.

Studying the bike and position before the tests.
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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Sunny San Diego hosted the BMC riders for the tests.

Sunny San Diego hosted the BMC riders for the tests.
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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Rohan Dennis locked in the tunnel

Rohan Dennis locked in the tunnel
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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The big fan.

The big fan.
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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Tejay van Garderen at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Tejay van Garderen at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Tejay van Garderen checkshis position at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Tejay van Garderen checkshis position at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Testing the windflow with Taylor Phinney

Testing the windflow with Taylor Phinney
(Image credit: Don Meyer)
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Taylor Phinney at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Taylor Phinney at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Taylor Phinney at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Taylor Phinney at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Taylor Phinney at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Taylor Phinney at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Tejay van Garderen at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Tejay van Garderen at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Tim De Fresco)
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Setting up a bike for the tests

Setting up a bike for the tests
(Image credit: Mahting Putelis)
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Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Rohan Dennis waits his turn at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Mahting Putelis)
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Taylor Phinney at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Taylor Phinney at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(Image credit: Mahting Putelis)

BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen, Taylor Phinney and Rohan Dennis visited the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel last month to fine tune their time trial positions while testing their bikes and the benefits of different clothing options.

Working in collaboration with title sponsor, bike manufacturer BMC and Pearl Izumi, the trio of riders, staff and technicians worked on position analysis, tested prototype skinsuits and looked at the differences between traditional jersey and shorts combinations compared with speed jersey and shorts as well as race kits and traditional TT skinsuits.

The idea behind the collaboration was to increase rider comfort while gaining a few watts heading into the 2016 season.