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Tokyo Olympics: Danes’ banned kinesiology tape may have swung Staff Pursuit in Italy’s favour

Tokyo Olympics: Danes’ banned kinesiology tape may have swung Staff Pursuit in Italy’s favour
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In a profoundly close and thrilling final of the men’s Team Pursuit in the Tokyo Olympics, Italy made a huge come-from-behind final 500m push to overtake Denmark and claim the gold medal. The ride was a culmination of perfect pacing, impeccable timing of the riders’ peak form and careful attention to aerodynamic details, Cyclingnews learns in a conversation with Xavier Disley, director of coaching and aerodynamics firm AeroCoach.

Over the three rounds across three days at the Izu Velodrome outside Tokyo, the men’s Team Pursuit had more than its fair share of drama, from Alex Porter of Australia breaking his handlebars during qualifying, the crash between Denmark’s Frederik Rodenberg and Great Britain’s Charlie Tanfield in round 1 and the controversy over Denmark’s use of kinesiology tape on their shins in qualifying.