Worn by: AG2R La Mondiale, Cofidis Solutions Credits
Like any helmet manufacturer, Ekoi offers a range of helmets suitable for different disciplines. The AR15 is the brand’s aerodynamic helmet and is worn by sprinters like Elia Viviani from Cofidis. It is available in an almost unlimited number of colors through Ekoi’s custom program. The Corsa Light is the light and breathable option, which is worn by Guillaume Martin. When Romain Bardet crashed on stage 13, he then finished the stage, but withdrew from the race with a concussion. The Legende, which mimics the retro hairnet design using modern design principles, is the helmet that potentially saved Romain Bardet from a more serious injury.
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Worn by: Astana Pro Team
Limar offers a range of helmets for road, mountain, time trial and even a full face helmet for downhill mountain biking. It was the lightweight Air Pro that the majority of the Astana squad used, and it was the helmet Alexey Lutsenko wore for the victory in Stage 6.
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Worn by: Bahrain – McLaren
The likes of Mikel Landa and Wout Poels have Rudy Project to thank for their helmets during this year’s race. The brand makes helmets for all kinds of cycling disciplines, but riders almost exclusively use the brand’s Spectrum, a helmet that combines an aerodynamic shape with large ventilation holes.
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Carried by: BORA-Hansgrohe, Deceuninck-QuickStep
Barring a major incident, it can be assumed that this year’s green jersey will be celebrated with a Specialized Evade green helmet, as Sam Bennett of QuickStep and Peter Sagan of Bora battle for the sprinter standings. Pilots have a choice between the Evade, which is one of the best aero helmets available, and the lighter, more breathable Prevail II. Both have built-in MIPS, as well as ANGi – a sensor that calls home in the event of a crash (although they probably didn’t turn it on during the race).
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Worn by: CCC team
While Giant supplies CCC Team with their bikes, wheels, components, saddles and more, it might not be surprising to see the team also wearing the brand’s helmets. Most of the team use the new Rev Pro helmet, but a few riders have used the Pursuit aero helmet on the faster days. Both use MIPS to provide increased protection in the event of a crash.
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Worn by: EF Pro Cycling
EF Pro Cycling entered the Tour de France as the favorite to win the team classification, and so far they have spent many days in the lead. This was celebrated with the introduction of bright yellow POC helmets, which complement the pink and blue kit perfectly. Most of the team use the Ventral Air Spin helmet, which incorporates RFID technology, which can be used to store vital health information in the event of an accident. It also incorporates its own rotational shock protection, called SPIN, to help protect its riders in the event of a crash.
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Posted by: Groupama-FDJ, NTT Pro Cycling, Team Total Direct Energie, Israel Start-Up Nation
In terms of visibility at this year’s Tour de France, the Giro has certainly gone for the more-is-better approach, with no less than four teams using the brand’s helmets during the race. The Aether is the helmet most riders have gone for, but the brand also makes the Synthe and the Vanquish, which is the uncompromising aero helmet in the range. All incorporate MIPS, so a rider has to absorb certain rotational impacts in a crash.
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Worn by: Lotto Soudal
Caleb Ewan and Thomas De Gendt are sponsored by HJC, a reputable Korean manufacturer of motorcycle helmets who recently entered the cycling market. Most of the team use the IBEX 2.0, but for maximum aerodynamics riders have upgraded to the Furion 2.0.
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Worn by: Mitchelton-Scott
Like CCC with Giant, Mitchelton-Scott’s bikes and components come from Scott Sports. They even provide shoes for some runners, and they provide the team with their line of helmets. We awarded the brand’s aerodynamic helmet four stars in our recent Scott Cadence Plus review, and the team got the new Centric Plus for this year’s race. Both use MIPS for added protection in the event of an accident.
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Worn by: Movistar Team
Another team that has spent time at the top of the team standings, and for those days the Movistar team has also donned yellow versions of their helmets. Given the heat of late summer, most runners use the Abus Airbreaker helmet, but for the faster days runners have been seen using the GameChanger.
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Worn by: Ineos Grenadiers
Dave Brailsford’s Ineos Grenadiers team (and this is the former Ineos and Team Sky team) has been sponsored by Kask since day one. The team has been wearing the same Kask Protone helmet for six years now, and Colombian leader Egan Bernal still swings the cover that Froome used when he crashed onto the cobbles in 2014. That said, some riders sported the Valegro helmet which has only been around for three years.
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Worn by: Team Jumbo-Visma, Team Sunweb
Speak Virginia Tech Lab calculations, Teams Jumbo Visma and Sunweb have the lowest risk of concussion in an accident because the Lazer G1 (known as Lazer Genesis in Europe) is the safest helmet they have ever tested. Teams have the Lazer Bullet aero at their disposal as well, but racers mostly use the better ventilated G1 – cooler heads prevail, and all that. Perhaps that is why both teams have been so successful in the race so far.
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Worn by: Trek – Segafredo
Bontrager claimed to have experienced the biggest change in cycling in 30 years by launching its WaveCel line of helmets, claiming up to 48 times the protection against concussions thanks to the collapsible cellular structure inside the helmet. Some Trek Segafredo riders have waived the option of using the Bontrager XXX WaveCel headset because it is rather hot. Instead, they used the Velocis MIPS.
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Worn by: UAE-Team Emirates
The Met today released a new helmet, the Rivale, but it was the Trenta 3K that racers primarily used in this year’s race. GC candidate Tadej Pogacar sported a white version for his time in the white jersey, but the rest of the squad wear the UAE Team Emirates edition model.
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Carried by: B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p / b KTM
If there are any helmet brands in this list that you have never heard of, it is the B&B Hotels – Vital Concept team sponsor, Force. The Czech company provides the team with two helmets to choose from, the Lynx aero helmet or the Road light option, the latter being worn by Pierre Rolland.
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Worn by: Team Arkéa Samsic
Last but not least on this list, Nairo Quintana wears helmets from Bell, and while he has a choice of the Z20 Aero, it is the Z20 Ghost that he wears. Both incorporate MIPS, which he was undoubtedly grateful for in his Stage 13 crash.
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