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    TDF & helmets

    Was this year the first year that they made them mandatory? I recall them being worn the last few years but not for the entire tour.
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    They've been mandatory for a few years now for all UCI races.

    Someone else can provide the exact year.
    i may have overreacted

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    After 2003. The helmets were never required until the tragic death of Andrei Kivilev during Paris Nice. The first year - there was a special rule that stated it was permissiable to remove them on a uphill finish at the start of the climb.

    Another is that aerohelmts for TT and TTT stages were not required to pass standardlized safety tests.

    In 2004 - the TT and TTT helmets were required to conform with safety standards. I'm not sure if it is ok to remove helmets anymore because I've never seen it.
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    I believe that 2005 was the first year that wearing a helmet was mandatory 100% of the time. In the previous couple of years, you could remove your helmet for a climbing finish.

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    2005 was the first year to make helmets in use 100%. Axel Merckx got kicked out of a spring classic for removing his helmet this year.

    Good thing too, because a rider crashed and hit his head hard enough to get a concussion with a helmet this year at the TDF in a climbing section. The 05 rule likely saved his life.

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