Lotto Soudal query UCI decision to ban 'speed gel'
Lotto Soudal manager Marc Sergeant has questioned the UCI’s decision to ban the so-called ‘speed gel’ that the team used during the team and individual time trials at the Criterium du Dauphine last week. Sergeant likened the gel, which leaves deposits of small ‘washing powder’ balls on the riders' legs, to the dimple inserts used by Team Sky in their skinsuits. The odd-looking gel was visible on the legs of the riders during the prologue and team time trial during last week's Dauphiné but was notable in its absence in the opening team chrono at the Tour de Suisse. The gel is sprayed onto the legs and leaves the washing powder ball-like deposits. According to Harm Ubbens, Project Manager at the Flanders Bike Valley wind tunnel, the deposits are said to increase frictional drag on the leg to reduce airflow separation, and therefore provide a reduction in the 'severity of ...
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