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Tour de France tech gallery: Shoes, sunglasses, helmets and aero socks

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Peter Sagan has his own limited edition collection within the 100 Percent range, for stage 13's time trial, he chose the S3 sunglasses.

Peter Sagan has his own limited edition collection within the 100 Percent range, for stage 13's time trial, he chose the S3 sunglasses.
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In the competition for the biggest sunglasses, Warren Barguil enters with these Ekoi Premium 70s

In the competition for the biggest sunglasses, Warren Barguil enters with these Ekoi Premium 70s
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Specialized aren't shy about showing off their riders' achievements with colour-matching bikes and kit. Julian Alaphilippe is seen wearing an array of yellow, to match his maillot jaune.

Specialized aren't shy about showing off their riders' achievements with colour-matching bikes and kit. Julian Alaphilippe is seen wearing an array of yellow, to match his maillot jaune.
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Elie Gesbert is one of a few riders in the peloton wearing the recently released Giro Empire SLX ultra-lightweight shoes

Elie Gesbert is one of a few riders in the peloton wearing the recently released Giro Empire SLX ultra-lightweight shoes
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Andre 'The Gorilla' Greipel has some custom Gaerne G.Stilo shoes, with past wins adorning the outer sides

Andre 'The Gorilla' Greipel has some custom Gaerne G.Stilo shoes, with past wins adorning the outer sides
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Greg Van Avermaet is wearing a pair of gold-themed custom shoes from American company Rocket 7

Greg Van Avermaet is wearing a pair of gold-themed custom shoes from American company Rocket 7
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Marco Haller has made a small modification to this Sidi shoes to aid fit

Marco Haller has made a small modification to this Sidi shoes to aid fit
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American Ben King is wearing a pair of FLR F-XX II shoes - a brand also worn by Alex Howes and Nic Dlamini

American Ben King is wearing a pair of FLR F-XX II shoes - a brand also worn by Alex Howes and Nic Dlamini
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Astana Pro Team's Alexey Lutsenko is sporting team sponsor Northwave's Extreme Pro shoes

Astana Pro Team's Alexey Lutsenko is sporting team sponsor Northwave's Extreme Pro shoes
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A brand new pair of Bontrager XXX shoes are being worn by a number of the Trek Segafredo team. They seem to be a replacement for their current range topping 'XXX Road' shoes

A brand new pair of Bontrager XXX shoes are being worn by a number of the Trek Segafredo team. They seem to be a replacement for their current range topping 'XXX Road' shoes
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Vivani has long been supported by DMT througout his career, and repays his loyalty by wearing their new KR1 knit shoes

Vivani has long been supported by DMT througout his career, and repays his loyalty by wearing their new KR1 knit shoes
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Gaerne have produced a Gaerne branded oversock for riders who have alternative footwear preferences

Gaerne have produced a Gaerne branded oversock for riders who have alternative footwear preferences
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Warren Barguil, in his national champion's jersey, is wearing Ekoi glasses with a well ventilated Bell Z20 helmet

Warren Barguil, in his national champion's jersey, is wearing Ekoi glasses with a well ventilated Bell Z20 helmet
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Andrey Amador has taken modification to the extreme with these Fizik R1 shoes. It looks to be for ventilation, unlike Marco Haller's fit issues

Andrey Amador has taken modification to the extreme with these Fizik R1 shoes. It looks to be for ventilation, unlike Marco Haller's fit issues
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CCC Team's Lukasz Wisniowski opts for the well ventilated Pursuit aero helmet from team sponsor Giant

CCC Team's Lukasz Wisniowski opts for the well ventilated Pursuit aero helmet from team sponsor Giant
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While wearing the polka dot jersey, Tim Wellens' HJC Ibex aero helmet was given the full polka dot treatment

While wearing the polka dot jersey, Tim Wellens' HJC Ibex aero helmet was given the full polka dot treatment
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Thibaut Pinot wears the Giro Aether helmet paired with some colour-matching Oakleys

Thibaut Pinot wears the Giro Aether helmet paired with some colour-matching Oakleys
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Vincenzo Nibali is happy wearing his team-issue Rudy Project Spectrum helmet and Defender sunglasses

Vincenzo Nibali is happy wearing his team-issue Rudy Project Spectrum helmet and Defender sunglasses
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Alexander Kristoff is also happy with team issue kit, wearing the 215 gram Met Trenta 3K Carbon helmet

Alexander Kristoff is also happy with team issue kit, wearing the 215 gram Met Trenta 3K Carbon helmet
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Astana Pro Team's Pello Bilbao is seen wearing the same Rudy Project glasses as Vincenzo Nibali, along with a Limar Air Pro helmet

Astana Pro Team's Pello Bilbao is seen wearing the same Rudy Project glasses as Vincenzo Nibali, along with a Limar Air Pro helmet
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Greg Van Avermaet's Olympic gold medal is celebrated with golden kit, including his bike, shoes, helmet and Oakley Sutro glasses

Greg Van Avermaet's Olympic gold medal is celebrated with golden kit, including his bike, shoes, helmet and Oakley Sutro glasses
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When Romain Bardet's saddle needs a bit of extra grip, he adds some Lizard Skins tape - a practice common in time trials

When Romain Bardet's saddle needs a bit of extra grip, he adds some Lizard Skins tape - a practice common in time trials
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Alberto Bettiol and Vincenzo Nibali are both wearing stunning blue-purple Sidi shoes

Alberto Bettiol and Vincenzo Nibali are both wearing stunning blue-purple Sidi shoes
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Cofidis riders are seen wearing heat-mouldable Bont shoes

Cofidis riders are seen wearing heat-mouldable Bont shoes
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Dan Martin is wearing the two-part shoes from Mavic with their own custom design

Dan Martin is wearing the two-part shoes from Mavic with their own custom design
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George Bennett has gone full custom on his Shimano S-Phyre RC9 shoes - read below for more info

George Bennett has gone full custom on his Shimano S-Phyre RC9 shoes - read below for more info
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Here's the inside of George Bennett's custom shoes

Here's the inside of George Bennett's custom shoes
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Gerain Thomas wears Fizik's Infinito R1 Knit shoes, covered by aero overshoes for the stage 13 time trial

Gerain Thomas wears Fizik's Infinito R1 Knit shoes, covered by aero overshoes for the stage 13 time trial
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Matteo Trentin celebrates his current position as European champion with some custom Sidi shoes

Matteo Trentin celebrates his current position as European champion with some custom Sidi shoes
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Emanuel Buchmann is seen wearing Specialized's lightweight S-Works Exos shoes

Emanuel Buchmann is seen wearing Specialized's lightweight S-Works Exos shoes
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Rein Taaramare is sporting some as-yet-unreleased shoes from Mavic

Rein Taaramare is sporting some as-yet-unreleased shoes from Mavic
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Rui Costa is using an unbranded pair of S-Works 7 shoes

Rui Costa is using an unbranded pair of S-Works 7 shoes
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Simon Yates' Sidi shoes are one of the few ways to tell the brothers apart

Simon Yates' Sidi shoes are one of the few ways to tell the brothers apart
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Mike Teunissen celebrates his stage one victory - and subsequent yellow jersey - with some simple yellow Boa dials for his Shimano S-Phyre RC9 shoes

Mike Teunissen celebrates his stage one victory - and subsequent yellow jersey - with some simple yellow Boa dials for his Shimano S-Phyre RC9 shoes
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Pro's from UAE Team Emirates and Lotto Soudal are seeing the same Gaerne shoes that Victor Campanaerts recently used to break the hour record

Pro's from UAE Team Emirates and Lotto Soudal are seeing the same Gaerne shoes that Victor Campanaerts recently used to break the hour record
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Alejandro Valverde is really making the most of the rainbow bands

Alejandro Valverde is really making the most of the rainbow bands
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The red detail on Elite's Leggero bottle cages doesn't really go with the Movistar blue, it was a black marker pen to the rescue.

The red detail on Elite's Leggero bottle cages doesn't really go with the Movistar blue, it was a black marker pen to the rescue.
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Either Marcus Burghardt or his mechanic have superstitions about the number 13

Either Marcus Burghardt or his mechanic have superstitions about the number 13
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Egan Bernal's sunglasses of choice are the Sutro from Oakley, along with a Kask Protone helmet

Egan Bernal's sunglasses of choice are the Sutro from Oakley, along with a Kask Protone helmet
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A number of Bora Hansgrohe riders are wearing these 100% S2 sunglasses

A number of Bora Hansgrohe riders are wearing these 100% S2 sunglasses
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Jack Haig opted for some pretty sizeable Scott eyewear for the Stage 13 time trial

Jack Haig opted for some pretty sizeable Scott eyewear for the Stage 13 time trial
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Both Bora Hansgrohe and Deceuninck Quick Step were using Specialized helmets equipped with MIPS and ANGi

Both Bora Hansgrohe and Deceuninck Quick Step were using Specialized helmets equipped with MIPS and ANGi
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Nairo Quintana's eyewear of choice is the 22 gram EV Zero from Oakley, paired with a yellow Abus Airbreaker helmet

Nairo Quintana's eyewear of choice is the 22 gram EV Zero from Oakley, paired with a yellow Abus Airbreaker helmet
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Jesus Herrada uses kit matching Roka SR-1 sunglasses that weigh a featherlight 24 grams

Jesus Herrada uses kit matching Roka SR-1 sunglasses that weigh a featherlight 24 grams
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Rigoberto is clearly a fan of eyewear coverage, sporting these POC Aspires

Rigoberto is clearly a fan of eyewear coverage, sporting these POC Aspires
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In the race for the biggest eyewear, we think Adam Yates is taking the prize with these Scott Sport Shields

In the race for the biggest eyewear, we think Adam Yates is taking the prize with these Scott Sport Shields
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Some of AG2R La Mondiale riders are using the £900 Mavic Comete Ultimate shoes and aero socks from clothing sponsor Rosti

Some of AG2R La Mondiale riders are using the £900 Mavic Comete Ultimate shoes and aero socks from clothing sponsor Rosti
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EF Education First riders are using Rapha's Pro Team aero socks and their own choice of shoes

EF Education First riders are using Rapha's Pro Team aero socks and their own choice of shoes
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Most Deceuninck Quick Step riders are wearing S-Works 7 shoes and Defeet aero socks

Most Deceuninck Quick Step riders are wearing S-Works 7 shoes and Defeet aero socks
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Lotto Soudal seek the marginal gains with Gaerne branded aero socks and G.Stilo shoes

Lotto Soudal seek the marginal gains with Gaerne branded aero socks and G.Stilo shoes
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Thomas De Gendt is seen using unbranded energy gels ahead of stage 12.

Thomas De Gendt is seen using unbranded energy gels ahead of stage 12.
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The Tour's organisers clearly respect 'the rules', as proven by the upside-down printing of the number 13

The Tour's organisers clearly respect 'the rules', as proven by the upside-down printing of the number 13
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The Tour de France has always been a showcase for the latest bikes, wheels and other cycling hardware, as brands vie for the eyes of the biggest annual sporting event in the world. Alongside the hardware, teams and riders have sponsors for shoes, helmets, sunglasses and other accessories, alongside the latest clothing technology.

In the modern era of the sport, no stone is left unturned in the search for smallest of gains; we are in an age of aerodynamic helmets, shoes and even computers.

Custom Designs

Shoes and sunglasses are two of the items that commonly get the custom treatment, and the Tour de France is no different.

Some riders opt for a simple change of Boa colours, such as Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) who is now sporting yellow versions perhaps in a nod to his stage 1 success. 

Other riders take their customisation to the extreme, such as Teunissen's teammate George Bennett, who is wearing some stunning custom Shimano S-Phyre RC9 shoes, designed by his girlfriend Caitlin Fielder, an artist who has also designed shoes for Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and Estaban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott).

It's not uncommon for world, European and national champions, and classification leaders, to wear team-issued custom clothing and accessories.

Current European champion Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) is wearing custom Sidi Shot shoes, and Alejandro Valverde has rainbow stripes adorning almost every item of clothing, component and accessory – largely from Italian brand Fizik. 

Aero Socks

Traditionalists may loathe the use of aerodynamic socks but a number of WorldTour teams now use them to save an extra few watts. As pioneers of the marginal gains mentality, it's little surprise that Team Ineos are one of the teams to utilise the technology. AG2R La Mondiale and Lotto Soudal are among the others.

Sponsors, look away

Sometimes, riders don't get along with their sponsors' kit, usually resulting in modification.

Check out what Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) has done to his shoes. Occasionally, however, no amount of modification will do and riders will outright use another brand. In a bid not to upset those who pay them, riders will go to great lengths to hide what they are using, sometimes even with the help of the very sponsor they're choosing not to wear. For example, early-race Polka-Dot jersey wearer Tim Wellens is using a pair of Gaerne branded lycra oversocks, over what look to be a pair of Specialized S-Works 7 shoes. 

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at some of the shoes, sunglasses, helmets and more on display at the 2019 Tour de France.