Gallery: Neilson Powless races Romandie TT with Prologo CPC grip on his bars

Technology long used on Prologo saddles and recently launched on gloves shows up on EF Education-EasyPost's TT bars.

American Neilson Powless, fresh off his eighth place at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, raced to 23rd at the opening prologue of the Tour de Romandie, 23 seconds behind stage winner Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) and behind his EF Education-EasyPost teammates George Steinhauser, Sean Quinn, and Ben Healy.

The most interesting thing on Powless’ still-unreleased Cannondale time trial bike is the padded grip on the aero bars. EF Education is sponsored by Prologo, which makes what is calls CPC padding for its saddles and now its new gloves. Powless has this 3D-printed polymer material on his cowhorns and his aero extensions.

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Prologo calls its polymer padding CPC for ‘connect, power, control’, and claims the material offers not only good grip but a reduction in road vibration, too.

“We have been developing this custom project in collaboration with Vision and FSA for some time now to improve the performance of EF athletes in the last few years,” said Alberto Mizzon of Prologo’s marketing department. “The technology is the same as we apply to our gloves and saddle: 3D-printed cones. We print sheets and then apply them to the TT extensions.”

“The 3D technology of the CPC has multiple benefits: anti-vibration, grip, cushioning. It is patented by Prologo for the cycling industry,” Mizzon said. “These benefits ensure a very precise aerodynamic position in the time trial, eliminating pressure peaks in the contact zones.”

The CPC bar padding is not for sale at the moment.