The Critérium du Dauphiné is a crucial test of rider form and preparation ahead of the Tour de France next month, but is also the perfect testing ground for riders and teams to make sure that all of their equipment is working perfectly.
It should perhaps be no surprise then that Chris Froome used the first stage of this year’s race to unbox a new pair of Sidi shoes, which borrow the same blue and black colour scheme of the Sidi Carbon Vernice shoes that the two-time Tour de France champion uses most of the time.
Froome’s shoes appear to be a prototype model from the Italian brand, and look to be very different from any other shoes is Sidi’s current range. Instead of having dials on the sides of the shoes, these new kicks have the dials (which are produced by Sidi rather than Boa) attached to the tongue, similar to what Pearl Izumi has done with some of its high-end models.
Aside from that, the new shoes look fairly similar to those that Froome has been using in the past, although there is more blue and less black on these models, and with a few extra vents on the toes and down the sides of the shoes.