Check out Alexander Kristoff’s €5,000 sunglasses from Tour de France podium 

The Norweigian sprinter was a ‘diamond in the rough’ on the opening stage

Alexander Kristoff in yellow at the 2020 Tour de France (Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Image credit: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Performance cycling kit can be expensive, but Alexander Kristoff’s Tour de France sunglasses might just raise the bar.

The Norweigian sprinter, who powered his way to victory and the yellow jersey on stage one of the Tour, was wearing some striking shades on the podium after his win. 

Kristoff was adorned in a custom pair of gold-plated Scicon Sports Aerowing sunglasses, which were decorated with 36 Brilliant Cut diamonds - 18 on each side - which took the shape of a number one on the arms of the glasses. 

Thanks to the jewels and gold lining these sunnies, the cost of these glasses is estimated at €5,000, or around £4,449. 

(Image credit: Picture: Scicon)

Kristoff then kept the custom glasses coming on the following two stages of the race, switching to yellow shades on stage two to celebrate his time as race leader, then jumping to green glasses as he wore the points jersey on day three.

The diamond glasses were Scicon’s way of celebrating the release of the new Aerowing glasses and the brand’s debut eyewear in the Tour de France. 

We’re told more custom designs could be on the way in the future.  

Scicon is best known for its range of bike bags and cases, but recently branched out into performance eyewear, which are currently worn by WorldTour teams UAE Team Emirates, Israel Start-Up Nation and NTT Pro Cycling.

Kristoff isn’t the only rider to be dressed up in some expensive kit during the 2020 Tour. 

Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) is reportedly wearing a $120,500 (£89,000) Richard Mille watch during the race, according to (opens in new tab) Cycling Tips.  (opens in new tab)

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The RM 67-02 watch is made of carbon and titanium components, weighing just 32 grams, so it’s not likely to hold back the French superstar.  

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Alaphilippe went to visit Richard Mille back in July, presumably to pick up his new timepiece, and shared a picture of the moment on Instagram.   

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.