Custom Bikes & Gear At The 2018 Tour De France
The Tour de France is known to be a display room for companies to reveal new tech and gear. Whole teams often get access to the newest products from their bike and apparel sponsors, and companies that sponsor high-profile athletes also like to give those individuals custom versions of new gear.
If you’re struggling to understand what type of riders warrant such special treatment, think Peter Sagan, Chris Froome, Roman Bardet, Mark Cavendish, and the like. These riders are well-known and have considerable chances at winning stages, the general classification (GC), or one of several other classifications (and jerseys).
Check out some of the awesome custom gear and technology from this year’s Tour de France.
Mark Cavendish’s Nike Superfly 360
First revealed to most cycling fans through an Instagram post, Mark Cavendish’s custom Nike Superfly 360 shoes have full Flyknit construction and are a tribute to his early admiration for Nike as a soccer fan. The colour scheme and design are inspired by the R9 Mercurial soccer shoes worn by Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo in the 1998 World Cup, according to the Instagram post.
Chris Froome’s Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light
Rhinos have long been a custom touch on Chris Froome’s bike. They are a nod to the charity United for Wildlife, for which Froome is an ambassador. The colour scheme and number of the rhinos – 1 pink, 1 red, and 4 yellow – are representative of the Giro, the Vuelta, and the Tour, respectively, and how many times Froome has won each race.
Nelson Mandela Day Oakley Aro5 Helmets
Wednesday, July 18, was Nelson Mandela Day. To honour the man and the day, the South African team Dimension Data wore Oakley Aro5 helmets with custom graphics and orange colouring.
Roman Bardet’s Mavic Comete Ultimates
The graphics within the word “Mavic” pay tribute to the sport of cycling and various regions across France.
Roman Bardet’s Factor O2
The phrase “Take the risk or lose the chance” is written on the top tube of the Frenchman’s model.
Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Venge Disc
The winningest bike at the 2018 Tour de France.
100% Chromium Red S2 Sunglasses
Peter Sagan wearing 100% limited-edition, chromium red S2 Peter Sagan sunglasses. That’s meta. Available in the brand’s S2, Speedcraft, and Speedtrap models.
Peter Sagan’s Green Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
Peter Sagan, barring any unfortunate or extreme event, will likely win the Green Jersey at this year’s Tour. His green Wahoo Elemnt Bolt is a little customisation for a big success.
Julian Alaphilippe’s KOM-Themed S-Works Tarmac
Julian Alaphilippe has led the King of the Mountains competition at this year’s Tour since Stage 10. With red bar tape and polka-dot socks, gloves, and S-Works paint scheme, Alaphilippe looks happy to hold onto the jersey and KOM laurels through the end of the race.
Greg Van Avermaet‘s Yellow BMC Teammachine SLR01
Greg Van Avermaet led the general classification of the 2018 Tour de France from Stage 3 to Stage 10.
Geraint Thomas’s Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light
Geraint Thomas has led this year’s Tour since Stage 11. The third week will decide if those beautiful yellow accents will stay on his bike or be removed before Paris.