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Custom shoes add flair to Tour de France peloton - Gallery

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Peter Sagan wore a similar design during the spring Classics, albeit in a turquoise colour

Peter Sagan wore a similar design during the spring Classics, albeit in a turquoise colour
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Pinot's name adorns the side of the shoes

Pinot's name adorns the side of the shoes
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Trek-Segafredo riders wear the XXX road shoes in red

Trek-Segafredo riders wear the XXX road shoes in red
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Mavic's Cosmic shoe in the yellow of the iconic French brand

Mavic's Cosmic shoe in the yellow of the iconic French brand
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The eyecatching Northwave Extreme RR shoes

The eyecatching Northwave Extreme RR shoes
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Stybar senior and Stybar junior

Stybar senior and Stybar junior
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Zdenek Stybar wears customSpecialized S-Works 6 shoes

Zdenek Stybar wears customSpecialized S-Works 6 shoes
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Whilst many teams have specific shoe partners, some riders choose to wear their preferred shoes and so wear a branded overshoe

Whilst many teams have specific shoe partners, some riders choose to wear their preferred shoes and so wear a branded overshoe
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The Bahrain-Merida team are all issued with custom coloured gold, red and white Sidi Shots

The Bahrain-Merida team are all issued with custom coloured gold, red and white Sidi Shots
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Movistar Team are partnered with Diadora footwear, although most of the team opt for the branded overshoes versus Diadora's offerings

Movistar Team are partnered with Diadora footwear, although most of the team opt for the branded overshoes versus Diadora's offerings
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Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) wears Mavic's Comete shoes in an unseen yellow design

Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) wears Mavic's Comete shoes in an unseen yellow design
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Shimano's S-Phyre shoe was first seen at the 2016 edition of the Criterium du Dauphine

Shimano's S-Phyre shoe was first seen at the 2016 edition of the Criterium du Dauphine
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The shoes pay homage to Pinot's victory on Alpe d'Huez in 2015

The shoes pay homage to Pinot's victory on Alpe d'Huez in 2015
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) has been wearing these custom Scott RC shoes

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) has been wearing these custom Scott RC shoes
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A pink swoosh and handprint on the right shoe for Cavendish's daughter

A pink swoosh and handprint on the right shoe for Cavendish's daughter
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Whilst the famous Nike swoosh adorns the shoes, it is rumoured that the shoes are made in Italy by DMT

Whilst the famous Nike swoosh adorns the shoes, it is rumoured that the shoes are made in Italy by DMT
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Frey is Cavendish's son, a blue handprint and Nike swoosh is the design for the left shoe

Frey is Cavendish's son, a blue handprint and Nike swoosh is the design for the left shoe
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All white BOA dials for Mark Cavendish

All white BOA dials for Mark Cavendish
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The one-piece carbon construction reduces weight and stack, whilst improving stiffness

The one-piece carbon construction reduces weight and stack, whilst improving stiffness
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A closer look at Dan Martin's Mavic Comete shoes

A closer look at Dan Martin's Mavic Comete shoes
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Ben Gastauer of AG2R La Mondiale has Bont Vaypor S in team colours and a small personalisation

Ben Gastauer of AG2R La Mondiale has Bont Vaypor S in team colours and a small personalisation
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BMC Racing are partnered with Fizik and most of the team race in their shoes

BMC Racing are partnered with Fizik and most of the team race in their shoes
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Stephen Cummings' Gaerne G. Stilo feature the British flag on the BOA dials for the newly crowned national champion

Stephen Cummings' Gaerne G. Stilo feature the British flag on the BOA dials for the newly crowned national champion
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White socks and white shoes may not have been the best decision for the wet opening of the 2017 Tour de France

White socks and white shoes may not have been the best decision for the wet opening of the 2017 Tour de France
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Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac) was the only rider to wear Giro's new Techlace Prolight

Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac) was the only rider to wear Giro's new Techlace Prolight
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A team Fortuneo-Oscaro rider opts for lace-ups with the Giro Empire SLX

A team Fortuneo-Oscaro rider opts for lace-ups with the Giro Empire SLX
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Another look at the UAE Team Emirates edition Gaernes

Another look at the UAE Team Emirates edition Gaernes
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Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) cuts out sections of his shoes to prevent any pressure points on his feet

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) cuts out sections of his shoes to prevent any pressure points on his feet
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The majority of the UAE Team Emirates riders wore Gaerne G. Stilo in team colours

The majority of the UAE Team Emirates riders wore Gaerne G. Stilo in team colours
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Julien Vermote has Quickstep team colours on his Lake CX 237 shoes

Julien Vermote has Quickstep team colours on his Lake CX 237 shoes
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Christian Knees has custom painted camo Lake CX 402 in Team Sky blue and black

Christian Knees has custom painted camo Lake CX 402 in Team Sky blue and black
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French brand Ekoi provide this FDJ rider with their R3 model shoes

French brand Ekoi provide this FDJ rider with their R3 model shoes
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Adam Hansen wears his iconic handmade Hanseeno U95 shoes that cost $2,000 and weigh less than 95 grams

Adam Hansen wears his iconic handmade Hanseeno U95 shoes that cost $2,000 and weigh less than 95 grams
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Italian national champion Fabio Aru rides with Sidi Wire shoes in Italian colours

Italian national champion Fabio Aru rides with Sidi Wire shoes in Italian colours
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Many riders wore overshoes for the wet opening stages of the Tour de France

Many riders wore overshoes for the wet opening stages of the Tour de France
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Two-time world champion Peter Sagan wears custom S-Works 6 shoes, with the word 'Allez' written on the side

Two-time world champion Peter Sagan wears custom S-Works 6 shoes, with the word 'Allez' written on the side
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Alberto Contador wears Bontrager's XXX LE Team Issue shoes

Alberto Contador wears Bontrager's XXX LE Team Issue shoes
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Cavendish's custom Nike shoes are a tribute to his two children

Cavendish's custom Nike shoes are a tribute to his two children
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Two simple retention straps feature on Mark cavendish's Nikes

Two simple retention straps feature on Mark cavendish's Nikes
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Greg Van Avermaet has worn Rocket 7 shoes for a few seasons now, but has had an updated colour scheme following his Olympic victory

Greg Van Avermaet has worn Rocket 7 shoes for a few seasons now, but has had an updated colour scheme following his Olympic victory
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Custom gorilla artwork for Andre Greipel's Gaernes

Custom gorilla artwork for Andre Greipel's Gaernes
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Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe) wears Specialized's S-Works Sub 6 lace-up shoes

Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe) wears Specialized's S-Works Sub 6 lace-up shoes
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Shoes are the last point of connection between you and your bike, so it's no wonder professional and recreational cyclists alike fuss so much about what transfers their power to the pedal.

So, we watched the feet of the full Tour de France peloton and photographed the most interesting pairs of shoes for this gallery.

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has his own Nike cycling shoes, and he unveiled a new custom design for the 2017 edition of the Tour de France before his premature departure on stage 4. Rumoured to be made by Italian brand DMT, the shoes feature pink and blue hand prints from Cavendish's children.

Cavendish is not the only rider with custom shoes at the Tour, of course. Team Sky's Christian Knees, Thibaut Pinot of FDJ and Zdenek Stybar of Quick-Step Floors are also riding in distinctive footwear.

And of course there is Adam Hansen of Lotto-Soudal, who makes his own cycling shoes. Branded as Hanseeno, the shoes are listed online as weighing less than 95 grams and start at €2,000.

Many WorldTour teams now have specific partnerships with shoe manufacturers, but with shoe fit being such a matter of personal preference, some riders opt for non-sponsored shoes with covers.

The Movistar and Astana teams are the most prominent users of these covers and at a glance they look like the Diadora and Sidi models they are representing, but with closer inspection, you can occasionally make out the shoes concealed underneath.

Dan Martin (Quick-Steps Floors) is the only rider in the Tour peloton wearing Mavic's latest €1,000 shoes, the Cometes. These shoes feature a single carbon fibre outer and a separate inner 'sock', similar to a ski boot design.

Boa dials have become de rigueur on cycling shoes in the past few years, and although this is now the most prominent shoe fastening system in the peloton, there are alternatives.

Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador opts for Bontrager's XXX LE Team Issue shoes, which feature just three Velcro straps and are built for hot-weather riding.

Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac) is racing in Giro's new Prolight Techlace shoes.This shoe weighs just 187g for a size 45 and uses a hybrid fastening system of laces and Velcro straps.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see the vast array of shoes on display at Le Grande Boucle.