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In the Drops: Oakley’s Tour de France collection, Cora cargo pants and ‘Inside the Tour’ by Sophie Smith

Bringing you the latest weekly instalment of new gear with some baseball content on the side

Robyn Davidson
22 Jul 2022

Happy Friday!

We’re approaching the final stages of the 2022 Tour de France. This has truly been a Tour for the ages, and the third week has been no exception.

Following our recap of last week’s action – is if you could forget the incredible scenes on Alpe d’Huez and the stage to the Col du Granon – it’s been more of the same this week. First we had Hugo Houle taking an emotional win in Foix, before the GC battle once more took centre stage over two epic days in the Pyrenees.

Tadej Pogacar won on Peyragudes after a masterclass in tactical riding from UAE Team Emirates, before Jonas Vingegaard and Jumbo-Visma emphatically won the stage – and surely the Tour – with a champion’s performance on the stage to Hautacam that saw his pure class shine through.

Never mind that, though. In just two days’ time – yes, two! – the Tour de France Femmes finally kicks off.

This week I spoke to Louise Vardeman of the InternationElles about riding for the race in 2019, while Emma Cole produced an Everything You Need to Know guide for the Tour de France Femmes.

The team on the ground at Eurobike 2022 left with an abundance of galleries, from kit highlights including unreleased Shimano S-Phyres, the weird and the wonderful on display (I’m looking directly at the disco ball helmet) and the new bikes from Scott, Cannondale and Basso.

But before I head off for the Tour de France Femmes – if you’re reading this, I’m on the Eurostar right now – let’s dive into another edition of In the Drops.

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Oakley Tour de France collection

When Geraint Thomas was spotted at the Tour de France without his trademark white Oakleys, Twitter was set ablaze.

The reason? Oakley, sponsor of Ineos Grenadiers, wanted the team to debut their new Tour de France cycling sunglasses collection.

Featuring the Kato, Jawbreaker, Sutro Lite and Holbrook models, the limited edition range incorporate flecks of yellow as a nod to the maillot jaune, leader of the general classification.

The collection is meant to resemble the ‘sleek design’ of the Tour de France trophy, but I don’t remember Tadej Pogačar lifting up something that looked anything like a pair of sunnies above his head last year. 

  • Buy 2022 Tour de France Oakley Kato now from Oakley (£265)
  • Buy 2022 Tour de France Jawbreaker now from Oakley (£212)
  • Buy 2022 Tour de France Sutro Lite now from Oakley (£172) 
  • Buy 2022 Tour de France Holbrook now from Oakley (£145)

Cora Cargo Pants

These Cora Cargo Pants from FINDRA are designed for outdoor activity.

They negate any zips for an using an elasticated waistband for comfort and are made from a four-way stretch fabric.

If you need to avoid getting anything caught on the bike too, you can tighten the ankles and adjust the fit with a draw cord in the hem. As someone who is 5ft, I have to do this.

  • Buy Cora Cargo Pants now from FINDRA (£85)

Pain & Privilege: Inside the Tour by Sophie Smith

Talented journalist Sophie Smith has spent a decade now covering the Tour de France each year.

Her new book reveals what the cameras might not show you – from the team politics and strategies to physical and mental suffering – and features contributions from 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans, green jersey winner Robbie McEwen, sprint king Marcel Kittel and recent stage winner Michael Matthews.

And of course, Richie Porte. The man who puts the ‘super’ in super-domestique.

Smith says; ‘There is something about the Tour. The more you commit to it, the more it takes from you, but it’s very addictive.’

  • Buy now from Amazon (£8.19)

What we’re into this week: Baseball (shock)

If you know me, you’ll know I love baseball. Specifically, the Yankees.

I once wrote about the cyclist counterparts of baseball players (let me know if you want a synopsis) but anyway, even though I don’t spend as much time as I would like watching it via questionable streams, the All-Star Game arrived earlier this week, and the Midsummer Classic got me thinking.

What on Earth would a cycling equivalent of an All-Star event look like? Would they go for normality and split into regular teams? Would countrymen and women support one another instead? Or would besties form cliques?

I need to know. And now I’ll spend the rest of my Eurostar journey thinking about it.

I'll leave you with this image of my favourite sports colliding at the Saitama Criterium.

David Ramos via Getty Images

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