Imola 2020 World Championships: What’s Alex Dowsett’s unbranded time trial bike?
Alex Dowsett was one in every of two riders together with Geraint Thomas representing Nice Britain within the World Championship time trial in Imola on Friday.
The British TT champion completed fifth in final 12 months’s race in Yorkshire and was on the heels of the most effective solo riders on this planet, however was solely capable of handle ninth place on this 12 months’s race amongst a powerful top-10.
This 12 months Dowsett tried to present himself each benefit by hand-picking all his tools, opting to trip a motorcycle that isn’t the Issue TT machine utilized by his Israel Begin-Up Nation squad throughout the remainder of the season.
As a substitute Dowsett opted to run an unbranded Specialised Shiv, with the stickers eliminated.
Whereas riders are below strict contractual guidelines to trip the equipment supplied by their crew in most races, when competing for his or her nationwide federations athletes are literally free to decide on their very own tools.
Israel Begin-Up Nation trip Issue bikes and in time trials compete on the Issue Slick machine.
However to maximise his aero effectivity on the 31.7km-long course in Imola, Dowsett rode Specialised’s fast disc TT bike, the Shiv.
Dowsett rode within the ubiquitous Poc Tempor aero helmet, which has develop into massively in style in recent times because of the Huub-Wattbike crew on the observe.
The wheels kitted to the Shiv are additionally fairly placing, as Dowsett used the Revolver Troika TMD tri-spoke entrance wheel, which contains a carbon minidisc on the non-disc aspect of the wheel, which redirects the airflow across the disc rotor.
He has already examined the set-up this 12 months, driving the European Championships time trial on the identical equipment, taking fourth-place as Stefan Küng (Switzerland) took the win.
Aerodynamics have been pivotal all through the Imola course, a high-speed out and again route with little or no climbing, which makes straight-line velocity on the flat key. That performed into the favour of Italian Filippo Ganna, whose unimaginable energy over shorter programs noticed him come out on high forward of Belgian champion Wout van Aert in second and Stefan Küng in third.
Like fourth place Geraint Thomas, Ganna rode the Ineos Grenadiers subject Pinarello Bolide bike.
The elite girls took on the identical course on Thursday (September 24), with Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) taking the victory after reigning champion Chloe Dygert crashed out at high-speed whereas wanting sure to take the wine.