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posted 4/30/2019
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Hi,

I watched the coverage of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race yesterday and noticed something I didn't understand. Julien Bernard of team Trek-Segafredo was in the lead at one point and was not wearing any kind of glove, which I thought was unusual.

The weather was about 10C (50F) and raining intermittently. In those conditions, I would have very cold hands. Even in 10C and dry, I wear long gloves. Does anybody know why he would go without them in cold, wet conditions? All I could think of was that it was his personal preference.

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posted 4/30/2019
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I don't know anything about this specific situation. However, I have been known to take off my gloves because they got saturated with moisture from either sweat or precipitation. Sometimes wet gloves make it difficult to shift and to hold on to the handlebars with a proper grasp. Just my thoughts.

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I don't know if anybody else has noticed it but I have seen riders in the TdF riding without gloves. I think it is what they get use to. GWM is right though wet gloves makes it tough to shift and or hold onto the handlebars.

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posted 4/30/2019
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The thing I noticed was one of the greatest most amazing saves from loss of traction I have ever witnessed. Complete wash out of rear wheel from side and then to the other side etc for Fuglsang. Way more than violent fishtailing and front wheel too. Miraculously he survived with his left foot pulled out from clips and continued on. Probably doing close to 50 mph(?) at the time in the wet. OMG

I have known of a racer who didn't wear gloves. Unusual though. Yup my hands would be cold although they generate a lot of heat.

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I don't think it is too unusual as you see lots of riders in the TdF not wearing.

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posted 4/30/2019
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The idea that the gloves got wet and made it more difficult to shift and brake makes sense so that could be it. I have seen other riders in the TdF with bare hands but it's much warmer then so it could be a matter of personal preference.

If you missed Fuglsang's recovery, here's the link (20 seconds). I still do not understand why he is not broken and bleeding in a ditch. I would have been. www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGVExz7fw5Q

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Looked like he slipped on the paint. It's happened to me, but not at that speed!

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posted 5/1/2019
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Regarding going gloveless in the cold, in addition to the saturation/grip issue, I've heard it explained that in the cold your body pulls blood away from your extremities to your core and head to keep your vitals protected. But if your core is warm (e.g. if you are averaging 400 watts for six hours), your body will let your hands, etc. get more blood to be warm enough.


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