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Tech: New shoes and helmets on show at the Tour Down Under

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 2012 Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal wears a custom-coloured pair of Shimano

2012 Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal wears a custom-coloured pair of Shimano (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Movistar have team-issue Diadora Vortex Pro shoes

Movistar have team-issue Diadora Vortex Pro shoes (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Astana riders get their own socks as modelled by Lieuwe Westra

Astana riders get their own socks as modelled by Lieuwe Westra (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 New Zealand's George Bennett of the Lotto NL - Jumbo team wearing the Bell Gage team helmet and a pair of Rudy Project sunglasses

New Zealand's George Bennett of the Lotto NL - Jumbo team wearing the Bell Gage team helmet and a pair of Rudy Project sunglasses (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Where there was once Sidi and everything else - the Italian brand is no longer the most common. Still, the Sidi Wire Carbons are plenty popular

Where there was once Sidi and everything else - the Italian brand is no longer the most common. Still, the Sidi Wire Carbons are plenty popular (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 A team-mate of the Manx-Missile wearing the Specialized S-Works Cavendish signature shoes

A team-mate of the Manx-Missile wearing the Specialized S-Works Cavendish signature shoes (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Another Gaerne G.Stilo shoe - this time in the white

Another Gaerne G.Stilo shoe - this time in the white (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Hand-made by Adam himself, these shoes weigh under 95g each and have previously sold from €2,000.00 - €2,500.00 (£1,500-£1,870/$2,250-$2,800)

Hand-made by Adam himself, these shoes weigh under 95g each and have previously sold from €2,000.00 - €2,500.00 (£1,500-£1,870/$2,250-$2,800) (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 What's a WorldTour shoe gallery without Adam Hansen's own creations - Hanseeno

What's a WorldTour shoe gallery without Adam Hansen's own creations - Hanseeno (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Tinkoff-Saxo in the limited edition 'colour-dipped' Specialized S-Works Road shoes

Tinkoff-Saxo in the limited edition 'colour-dipped' Specialized S-Works Road shoes (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Winner of the Tour Down Under's first stage, Jack Bobridge rides in Bont Zero+ shoes

Winner of the Tour Down Under's first stage, Jack Bobridge rides in Bont Zero+ shoes (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Katusha use Giro helmets - pitcured is the new semi-aero Synthe

Katusha use Giro helmets - pitcured is the new semi-aero Synthe (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Lampre-Merida are using all-new helmets from Suomy - here's a new view of the lid that's soon to be launched

Lampre-Merida are using all-new helmets from Suomy - here's a new view of the lid that's soon to be launched (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Astana swap between the Specialized S-Works Prevail and as pictured, the faster S-Works Evade for flatter, faster stages

Astana swap between the Specialized S-Works Prevail and as pictured, the faster S-Works Evade for flatter, faster stages (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 BMC Racing's Silvan Dillier wears a custom pair of Lake CX402

BMC Racing's Silvan Dillier wears a custom pair of Lake CX402 (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Not all IAM Cycling riders are in Scott shoes – we spotted one rider in a pair of Suplest Street Racings

Not all IAM Cycling riders are in Scott shoes – we spotted one rider in a pair of Suplest Street Racings (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Geraint Thomas wearing the all-new fi'zi:k R3-B (B is for Boa)

Geraint Thomas wearing the all-new fi'zi:k R3-B (B is for Boa) (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Another Drapac rider in shoe covers. Hiding another brand of shoe perhaps?

Another Drapac rider in shoe covers. Hiding another brand of shoe perhaps? (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Team Sky's Chris 'CJ' Sutton of Australia racing in Bont Riots

Team Sky's Chris 'CJ' Sutton of Australia racing in Bont Riots (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Team Sky's Richie Porte in Sidi Wire Carbons

Team Sky's Richie Porte in Sidi Wire Carbons (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Drapac are sponsored by Bont. Powerhouse Will Clarke in some very red Bont Zero+ shoes

Drapac are sponsored by Bont. Powerhouse Will Clarke in some very red Bont Zero+ shoes (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 And a view at the back of the new Suomy helmet

And a view at the back of the new Suomy helmet (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Nathan Haas wearing double POC before the race

Nathan Haas wearing double POC before the race (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Another view of Bontrager's hush-hush aero road helmet

Another view of Bontrager's hush-hush aero road helmet (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Trek Factory Racing look well coordinated with matching Bontrager XXX Road shoes. These were first seen on Frank Schlek at last year's Tour Down Under

Trek Factory Racing look well coordinated with matching Bontrager XXX Road shoes. These were first seen on Frank Schlek at last year's Tour Down Under (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 New recruit to the team, Lorenzo Manzin of FDJ.fr is still using an older pair of Shimano R320s

New recruit to the team, Lorenzo Manzin of FDJ.fr is still using an older pair of Shimano R320s (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 A Trek Factory Racing rider wears Bontrager podium shoes and compression socks before the race start

A Trek Factory Racing rider wears Bontrager podium shoes and compression socks before the race start (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Astana's Specialized helmets are stored between uses

Astana's Specialized helmets are stored between uses (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 BMC Racing Team is one example where riders each have individual shoe sponsors

BMC Racing Team is one example where riders each have individual shoe sponsors (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Beginning of the season and some riders can be seen swapping to new shoes

Beginning of the season and some riders can be seen swapping to new shoes (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 The Kask helmets of Team Sky

The Kask helmets of Team Sky (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Although Bono Matteo is racing in what looks to be the velcro-equipped Northwave Extreme 3S and training in short socks to avoid tan lines

Although Bono Matteo is racing in what looks to be the velcro-equipped Northwave Extreme 3S and training in short socks to avoid tan lines (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Most of Team Lampre-Merida are in the Northwave Extreme Tech Plus shoes – these use the brand's own dial-type retention system

Most of Team Lampre-Merida are in the Northwave Extreme Tech Plus shoes – these use the brand's own dial-type retention system (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Adam Hansen's personally made shoes are kept safe when not in use - more on these further along

Adam Hansen's personally made shoes are kept safe when not in use - more on these further along (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Race radio wires are run through the front of the jersey. Riders will often loop or tape the wire to their heart-rate strap before feeding it up into their ear

Race radio wires are run through the front of the jersey. Riders will often loop or tape the wire to their heart-rate strap before feeding it up into their ear (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 The race radio is perhaps the only wire the SRAM-sponsored Ag2r-Modiale riders may have soon

The race radio is perhaps the only wire the SRAM-sponsored Ag2r-Modiale riders may have soon (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Astana in Specialized S-Works shoes - these feature a new 'Boa S2 Snap' dial that is exclusive to Specialized

Astana in Specialized S-Works shoes - these feature a new 'Boa S2 Snap' dial that is exclusive to Specialized (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Marcel Kittel wears the new Shimano R321 shoe

Marcel Kittel wears the new Shimano R321 shoe (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Bont Vaypors and a Bianchi

Bont Vaypors and a Bianchi (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Personalised Northwave for Ag2r-Mondiale rider Axel Domont

Personalised Northwave for Ag2r-Mondiale rider Axel Domont (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Bolle sunlgasses are becoming more common in the peloton

Bolle sunlgasses are becoming more common in the peloton (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Mavic Cosmic Ultimate - it's not just a wheelset

Mavic Cosmic Ultimate - it's not just a wheelset (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Scott-sponsored IAM Cycling Premium Road shoe

Scott-sponsored IAM Cycling Premium Road shoe (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Gaerne G.Stilo shoes in use

Gaerne G.Stilo shoes in use (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 The Astana gear bag of Luis Leon Sanchez hides a gold pair of Oakley Radarlock glasses

The Astana gear bag of Luis Leon Sanchez hides a gold pair of Oakley Radarlock glasses (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 Davide Malacarne of Astana wears Sziols glasses - we know little of this German eyewear brand

Davide Malacarne of Astana wears Sziols glasses - we know little of this German eyewear brand (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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 We take a look at the shoes, sunglasses and helmets of the WorldTour

We take a look at the shoes, sunglasses and helmets of the WorldTour (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)

While most components and accessories usually fall under team sponsorship, some teams allow items like shoes and sunglasses to be selected on an individual basis.

Sidi was once the clear leader but now, after we paced up and down the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under's stage starts for a good look, there is no obvious choice in shoe. Brands such as Specialized, Bont, Gaerne, Shimano and Sidi are most common, with Bontrager, Scott, Northwave and Diadora appearing just a little less.

Many of these shoes remain the same from our look last year, however, there are a few surprises.

Beyond every shoe featuring some form of carbon sole, the next most common feature is dial-type buckles, with many riders using either Boa-equipped or similiar type shoes. This isn't too surprising, with Boa featured on the top-end shoes of more than 10 brands, with brands such as Sidi and Northwave doing their own version. Giro and Shimano are now the only two major brands that don't offer a dial-type shoe, sticking with buckles and velcro instead.

For helmets, we already revealed new models from Giant, Bontrager and new-entrant Suomy – but highlight a few more, including a few additional angles of those originally shown.

Check out the gallery here for the latest and generally popular shoes, helmets, sunglasses and other accessories we spotted at the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under.