Weird helmets take over the Tour de France time trial

The Tour de France has finally begun, kicking off with a 13.2km time trial around the city streets of Copenhagen, and while Yves Lampart’s shock victory, the weather’s premature arrival, and Geraint Thomas’ gilet gaffe will be the big storylines of the day, it was something altogether different that caught our attention: weird helmets.

Like a scene out of a Mel Gibson parody movie, there were some pretty wild ones on show, and we’ve rounded up our favourites.

The first, primarily due to its early position in the start gate, was the pink POC Tempor, complete with the face of a cartoon dragon painted on the front, ridden by Swiss time trialling powerhouse, Stefan Bissegger (EF Education EasyPost). The dragon, as we’ve all probably seen by now, is the leading character of EF’s collaboration with Palace Skateboards that has also seen their kit and bikes redesigned, and saw the team wear Crocs to Wednesday’s teams’ presentation.

A close up of Stefan Bissegger's pink POC helmet

(Image credit: Getty Images)

In any other bike race, if EF were to rock up wearing this, it would be all that anyone would talk about, but not today. Sorry POC, your position at the top of the weird helmet hierarchy has come to an end.

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