As cycling fans and passionate riders, we’ve compiled a list of the gear you’ll see at this years’ Tour de France. From Castelli Jerseys to limited-edition Oakley sunglasses and aerodynamic Fizik saddles, we’ve got the leading apparel and bike accessories you’ll see at every race stage.
What is The Tour de France?
The Tour de France is the pinnacle of cycling. The race combines-lung busting climbs, blisteringly fast time trials, and photo-finish sprints. The 2019 edition of The Tour de France starts on July 6th with the Grand Départ from Brussels. The race ends, as always, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 28th. Over 23 days and 21 stages, the riders will race 3,460 km.
The General Classification Riders
With Chris Froome out with an injury, this year’s race is wide open. His Team Ineos are still the most likely to win the General Classification though. Current champion Geraint Thomas is the favourite for the overall win thanks to a talented support team including Egan Bernal. However, Bernal will be considered favourite if Thomas slips up in the slightest.
Team Ineos will no doubt dominate the mountain stages. So don’t be surprised if you see an Ineos rider kitted out in Castelli gear as they take the win.
The Castelli Free Ar 4.1 Jersey FZ is one of their most technologically advanced jerseys. It has been designed with aerodynamics in mind, giving you that extra edge. The Castelli Free Aero Race 4 Bibshort is also extremely aerodynamic thanks to its lie-flat raw-cut edge.
Three-time world champ Peter Sagan will be wearing Team Bora-Hangrohe’s Sportful Bodyfit Team Jersey. The Bodyfit’s anatomical shaping and moisture-wicking is just what all-day racers need under the French summer sun. The Slovak has claimed the green jersey – the colour for the points leader – six of seven times at the Tour de France and is a favourite again, so don’t be surprised to see him in different colours during The Tour.
The Break-Away Group
Canadian hopes at this year’s Tour de France lie solely with Michael Woods on the EF Education First Pro Cycling team. He is the only Canadian cyclist at this year’s Tour. The Toronto native will be attempting to stage a breakaway and claim his first stage win.
POC provides EF Education First with helmets and eyewear. Riders will be wearing POC Aspire Sunglasses that feature a Carl Zeiss Vision Sunlens. The POC Ventral Air Spin is their top-of-the-line helmet. This helmet has been designed with an ingenious aerodynamic design and vent system. Air flows through the helmet, rather than over it. Inside the helmet the SPIN pad system helps reduce rotational forces upon impact.
Oakley sunglasses will also be seen throughout the Tour de France. Riders like Jakob Fuglsang will be wearing them as he attempts to lead a breakaway and win a mountain stage. The Oakley Jawbreaker Tour de France™ 2019 Edition celebrates the race’s yellow jersey heritage. They feature an Oakley’s Prizm™ Road lens which increases colour and contrast. They are finished in platinum accents, paying homage to the Tour.
Sprinters want to win every race but the final stage of the Tour de France is the most sought after. The General Classification riders have a gentleman’s agreement to not attack on the final day. This sets the scene for the most fiercely contested sprint finish in world cycling.
With Mark Cavendish not selected, Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen may have a repeat of his 2017 final day success. He’ll be rising out of his Fizik Arione saddle as he powers down the Champs-Élysées. The carbon shell and Nylon with WingFlex™ finish of the Arione provide ultimate stiffness and comfort.
Another red hot favourite for the finale will be the two-stage winner of this year’s Giro d’Italia, Caleb Ewan. Ewan will be pushing down on his LOOK pedals as hard as he can to edge out the competition in Paris. LOOK pedals will be used by over 70 riders at this year’s Tour de France.