Developing The World’s Fastest Skinsuit

In the 2016 Tour de France, Team Sky wore the fastest, most comfortable time trial skinsuit in the professional peloton. Developed by Rapha, the suit saves up to 15 seconds over a 30-minute time trial compared to previous skinsuits.

15 July 2015


Twenty-three skinsuit fabrics were developed by Rapha to be tested in a wind tunnel and on the track and road with one of the world’s leading aerodynamicists. The fastest skinsuit was then tested against a number of competitors’ offerings to ensure its superior speed.


Team Sky’s nine Tour de France riders wore this innovative piece of Rapha racewear during the Tour's decisive time trial stages 13 and 18.

The product was the pinnacle of a four-year relationship between Rapha and Team Sky, the aerodynamic improvements taken from the development process of this garment inform the entire Rapha Pro Team collection.