Just in: 2009 Team issue MET helmets

Tour de France Liquigas and Cannondale Factory Racing colours

The latest hot products to land at BikeRadar HQ are these fine looking – and performing – helmets from Italian masters of the lid MET.

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Starting with the road-oriented Sine Thesis in custom Liquigas green and blue colours, this performance helmet is currently being worn at the 2009 Tour de France by Vincenzo Nibali, (7th place in the Tour after stage 17) Franco Pellizotti (King of the Mountains jersey holder after stage 17), Czech rider Roman Kreuziger and the rest of the Liquigas team.

Easily identifiable in the peloton by the transparent ‘skeleton’ shell running through it, the Sine Thesis was a new productions helmet for the company earlier this year.

The integrated composite exoskeleton (ICE) is made out of a semi-flexible nylon based plastic which MET claims will help carry more air inside and through the helmet, thus keeping the rider’s head cool.

Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)'s leader Franco Pellizotti of Italy on July 21, 2009 in Martigny (Switzerland) before the start of the 159 km and sixteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France
Italian cycling team liquigas (liq)’s leader franco pellizotti of italy on july 21, 2009 in martigny (switzerland) before the start of the 159 km and sixteenth stage of the 2009 tour de france: italian cycling team liquigas (liq)’s leader franco pellizotti of italy on july 21, 2009 in martigny (switzerland) before the start of the 159 km and sixteenth stage of the 2009 tour de france
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As worn by Franco Pellizotti of Italy at the 2009 Tour de France

Other notable features include the gel-based helmet padding which doesn’t retain sweat and heat like conventional cloth pads.

You can buy the Liquigas Sine Thesis now for £179.99

Cannondale Factory Racing helmet

Plenty of frontal vents
Plenty of frontal vents :
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The special-edition Veleno D helmet has been produced for the Cannondale Factory Racing team which is made up of 10-time Belgian mountain bike champion Roel Paulissen, Italian cyclo-cross sensation Marco Aurelio Fontana and Swiss mountain biker Martin Gujan.

We’re sure this Veleno D custom painted model is going to set off the team’s 2010 Cannondale range of bikes very nicely. 

Available to buy now for £89.99

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