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Clothing Of The Tour De France

The Tour de France is well and truly in full swing, which seems like the ideal time to take a look at some of the cycling clothing worn by the pros at this grueling race. Here are some of our top picks.

Bibs and Jerseys

Wout van Aert taking a corner in the yellow jersey

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Santini Tour de France Leaders Jersey

Santini are the official sponsors of the Tour de France’s leaders’ jerseys, including the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. If you want to experience 1% of what it feels like to don the world-famous Yellow Jersey, here is your chance.

Santini, from their home in Bergamo, Italy, have been producing some of the finest cycling clothing for more than half a century. This year’s Tour jersey is produced from eco-friendly materials, is lightweight and aero, making it an excellent jersey for performing and grand days out.

Sportful

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Sportful is another Italian kit maker, with a long history in the world of cycle-sport. Their bibs and jerseys have cladded the likes of Paolo Bettini, Alberto Contador, and Peter Sagan. For this year’s Tour, Sportful can be seen on the backs of ProTeam, Team TotalEnergies. Look out for Peter Sagan, who appears to have found some of his former form.

Sportful are also providing kit for Bora Hansgrohe. Their Bomber jersey has been created due to a simple request from the pros, to have a jersey-shirt combo to match the performance of the Bomber Suit; for longer races, there are times where a shirt and jersey combo is more comfortable than a highly snug race suit. The Bomber jersey is the answer to this request. Cut from a single panel of fabric and retaining the number compartments on the back, this is an excellent jersey for fast road riding.

Kalas Tour de France Alpecin-Deceuninck Jersey and Bibs

Kalas are famed kit makers in the cycling-sphere. They’ve decked out Team GB for a number of years and provided kit to the Matthew van der Poel for a number of his most prestigious victories. Kalas’s jersey for the Tour this year can once again be spotted on the backs of Alpecin-Deceuninck. This 2022 jersey combines fabrics that are both highly elastic for comfort and material on the shoulders designed to trip the wind for aerodynamic gain.

For the bib shorts, worn by Alpecin-Deceuninck, Kalas have put comfort first and foremost: a quality pad has been used to ensure comfort, the material is breathable, and the anatomically cut to reduce the chance of slippage.

Sunglasses

Jumbo Visma and Ineos Grenadiers in the tour de france

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100%

The sunglasses framing the face of former World Champion, Peter Sagan, are a jazzy number from American brand, 100%. Originally making shades for motocross, 100% have been pioneers in the world of cycling since the 1980s. From the Speedcraft frames to the S2 and S3, the brand incorporates a number of cutting-edge techniques into the design of their frames and lenses. As you’d expect, all their shades offer UV protection but with their premium HiPER lenses you’ll have unparalleled clarity. As well as a special edition for Sagan, 100% are also used by Movistar Team.

Oakley

Oakley’s sunglasses are quite frankly the brand for shades in biking. Their distinctive frames and lenses can be spotted on several riders’ faces, including those of Groupama FDJ, Ineos Grenadiers, and Alpecin-Deceuninck. Oakley’s sunglasses are as iconic as they are stylish. From the Jawbreakers to the Radars, with a pair of Oakley shades you’re assured that, as well as being a fashion statement, careful consideration has gone into them to ensure the lenses work to enhance your vision in a number of conditions.

EF Education Easy Post rider in the Tour de France

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Accessories

Polka dot jersey in the Tour de France

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No self-respecting Tour de France cyclist would be complete without the extra frills and accessories that perfect an outfit. Gloves, socks, and caps are all part of fabric of being a cyclist.

For days spent racing, a good set of mits can be essential. Santini’s summer glove, as donned by the likes of Trek-Segafredo, are light and breathable but employ anti-abrasion and anti-slip materials to keep your firmly glued to your bars.

There are few items of cycling clothing as unique to the sport as the cycling cap or casquette. Although the days maybe gone in which cyclists could race in nothing but a cap, they are still used frequently under helmets to keep the sun and sweat out of riders’ eyes, and they are a must for any podium shot.



Sean

Sean

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