It is true that in order to win a test like the one Tour de Francia you literally need to be the best cyclist out there today. To this we must also add how technology can make your times considerably better, hence the teams enhance the characteristics of their cyclists by betting on a whole arsenal of new technologies such as the Print 3D.
In the specific case of Chris Froome, a cyclist who has just managed to win his fourth Tour de France, we have to specifically stop at an element of his bicycle such as the handlebar, which has been manufactured by 3D printing in ultralight titanium at the Pinarello headquarters, located in Italy, a very expensive material but extremely effective use, especially for this type of test.
Sky Italia managed to improve Chris Froome's drag coefficient thanks to 3D printing
As has been revealed, apparently this specific handlebar made to improve Chris Froome's aerodynamic posture during the time trials held, could be seen for the first time precisely in the first of these rounds and, until the penultimate stage, the Team Sky team , did not decide to use this handlebar again. The results of the same have been more than satisfactory since, to the good form of the cyclist, we must add a much better aerodynamic performance.
As a detail, tell you that not only Chris Froome was able to use one of these handlebars, but that each of the cyclists that make up the team had their own, specifically designed for each of the riders using industrial fields such as the computational fluid dynamics or finite element analysis, two materials with which you can perform finite element analysis, predict real forces and even ensure the structural integrity of any product.