Both suits use Nike's lightweight moisture-wicking DriFIT fabric and are designed (and wind-tunnel tested) to maximize velocity by reducing wind resistance. The one-piece time trial suit (left) uses fabrics of different textures to provide a mix of aerodynamics and breathability when the rider is in the tuck position. To symbolize Armstrong's victory over cancer, each jersey has a yellow band around the left sleeve.
M FRAME AND ZERO
After the 2003 Tour, which Armstrong won by the slimmest of margins, his equipment suppliers teamed up to ensure that none of his future gear would have "interaction issues," such as the problem Armstrong had with his Oakley frames not fitting correctly with his Giro helmet. Both of these models are custom fitted and treated with Unobtanium, a rubbery substance that helps maintain grip even when Armstrong is sweating.
MADONE 5.9 AND TEAM TIME TRIAL
Armstrong named his road bike(near right) after the Col de la Madone in Menton, France, because, he says, the 71/2-mile ride up the mountain "will always tell me if I'm ready to ride fast, climb fast and, ultimately, win the Tour de France." Development for the Madone 5.9 began in October 2002, and this became the official bike of Lance's team in '04. The Team Time Trial bikesandwiches a layer of honeycomb fiber between two layers of carbon, resulting in maximum stiffness throughout the flat areas of the frame. The same frame carried Tim DeBoom to an Ironman victory.