With all the hype that surrounded the unveiling of Peter Sagan’s world champion’s kit, the winner of the time trial World Championship has been largely forgotten. However Shimano is not overlooking the achievements of Vasil Kiryienka, presenting the Belarussian with a special pair of R321 road shoes to celebrate his achievement.
The shoes are the same basic design as the standard Shimano R321 road shoes, meaning that they are split in two with white on the outside of the shoe and black on the inside. However running down the middle Shimano has added the world champion’s rainbow bands, as well as adding Kiryienka’s name to the heels of the shoes.
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Of course the bad news is that we may never be able to see these pretty lovely shoes, as Kiryienka is likely to ride the vast majority of his time trials next year with overshoes for improved aerodynamics. So we’ll just have to hope that he is allowed to use them in road races.
Whether or not he was using the shoes at the time, the Team Sky rider has already enjoyed some success in the rainbow bands, winning the Chrono des Nations in October ahead of One Pro Cycling’s Polish TT champion Marcin Bialoblocki and FDJ’s Johan Le Bon.