The perfect pose.
Eyes down and spin those pedals. A large digital display shines down on Sebastian Kienle from above: it reads 28 mph, into a headwind. Below him, the tunnel’s base plate slowly moves a few degrees to the left, so that the artificially generated breeze now hits him from the side.
The 30-year-old triathlete and winner of the 2014 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii is using this rare opportunity to do some testing in the Mercedes-Benz wind tunnel in Untertürkheim and bring his dream of a successful title defense a little closer still.