Car parked in Edinburgh cycle lane in snow (Scott Arthur, Twitter) Geraint Thomas at 2022 Tour de France (Copyright A.S.O., Charly Lopez) “The demise of an icon”: Is this the end of Geraint Thomas’ long-term relationship with his beloved Oakleys?
2022 has been the year of high-profile retirements. Some of the leading lights of the late 2000s and 2010s, including Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde, Philippe Gilbert, Lisa Brennauer, Richie Porte, and Tom Dumoulin have finally left the peloton, leaving some big shoes for a new generation of hungry talent to step into.
We learned last night, however, that time may also be up for one of the true icons of that era – the Oakley Racing Jackets. Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome on final stage of 2018 Tour de France, picture credit ASO, Alex Broadway KASK cycling helmets ASO/Alex Broadway
The distinctive – if rather divisive – glasses have long been discontinued by the Californian company, but have maintained their place in the pro peloton thanks to one famous fan: Geraint Thomas.
The Welshman has stuck with the Armstrong-era throwbacks through thick and thin, from Tour victories to close encounters with trees, so much so that when he was mandated to wear another, more modern, less bug-like pair for one stage only at the Tour this year, ripples of shock and apprehension spread throughout the internet (I may be exaggerating slightly, but it was still a surprise not to see his face dominated by those garish white frames, resembling Bob Dylan on […]
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