Helmets at the Tour de France: who wears what?

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The increased safety that results from wearing a helmet is rather unquestionable. Of course, the EPS foam construction is far from indestructible but in the event of an accident, if you had the choice between your bare skull hitting the road or wearing a helmet, you know what you prefer.Such is the increase in protection that the helmet is compulsory during UCI sanctioned events, which means that all Tour de France riders must wear one. But the days of leather helmets are long gone, today’s helmets must pass rigorous safety tests. That said, some go further in the name of safety than others. Many brands incorporate a non-slip liner from the Swedish company, MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System), or their own rotational shock protection like the SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) from POC.

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