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
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 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.