Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) appears to be wearing a previously unseen pair of shoes from DMT, the Italian shoe specialist who also sponsors Elia Viviani, Luis León Sánchez, Alberto Contador and the women’s team Alé BTC Ljubljana.
Information on the shoes is currently not available from DMT, but it looks similar to the brand’s KR1s in that they are knitted in construction. They differ in that they forgo the BOA dial in favor of fully lace-up retention, with what appears to be an elasticated sleeve on the upper to help keep the laces out of the wind and out of harm’s way. The knit construction will undoubtedly make the shoes light and breathable, and a diamond perforation is featured on the toe area to increase airflow. We don’t have a good look at the sole yet, but it will undoubtedly be carbon fiber in the construction.However, Pogačar did not always use DMT shoes and 2020 is the first season he has spent with the Italian company. He previously wore shoes from lightweight carbon specialist Berk Composites, whose factory is based just eight kilometers from his hometown in Slovenia, and who also sponsors fellow Slovenian Matej Mohorič.Despite her long-standing relationship with DMT Cycling, Elia Viviani still wears the KR1 shoes, which pair laces with a BOA dial for retention. And as he started the race in a pair of red and white KR1 shoes, and although he no longer holds the title of European road racing champion, the Italian was seen wearing the custom shoes of edition of European champion which had been awarded to him after the European route last year. race victory on stage 14.
So far, Pogačar has been in the spotlight of this year’s Tour de France. Losing time in the crosswinds of Stage 7 put the Team Emirates leader from the United Arab Emirates on the back foot, but in stages since then he has looked like one of the favorites for the yellow jersey. His attack and the record climb of the Col de Peyresourde on stage 8 hinted at his place as a candidate for the GC, before his victory on stage 9 cemented him.
In the days of transition across France to the Alps, the Slovenian national time trial champion didn’t kick the pedal badly, and with the race about to hit four consecutive mountain stages, all All eyes will be on the 21-year-old as he and compatriot Primož Roglič face off for yellow. Such a moment in the spotlight will undoubtedly delight the bosses of DMT.