Gallery: Behind The Helmets and Sunglasses

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Like football players, professional cyclists spend most of their “playing” time obscured by helmets. Most of them also wear sunglasses, making it even harder to see what these hardmen of the sport really look like.

With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the faces behind the racers. Here are up-close-and-personal shots of the 18 men that make up the Swiss-based BMC Racing Team, including promising young Americans Tejay van Garderen and Taylor Phinney.

Can you ID the three special jerseys? What do they stand for? And who do you think has the best — and worst — hair?

All photos by BMC/Tim De Waele

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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