The debutant Wanty-Groupe Gobert team and 14 athletes equipped by Extreme RR will take part in the 104th Grande Boucle from July 1st
The most important event of the cycling season is coming. From Saturday July 1st, the best names in the World cycling will take part in the 104th Tour de France. The 2017 edition of the Grande Boucle will start from Düsseldorf (Germany) with a 14-Km individual time trial, whilst the Champs-Elysées in Paris will host the iconic finish on Sunday July 23rd.
Northwave will rely on Wanty-Groupe Gobert team and an overall 14-rider group equipped with Extreme RR shoes. Like the Belgian team, the 2017 collection top-range road shoes from Northwave will be making their debut in the French stage race.
CLIMBING PROSPECT MARTIN LEADS WANTY-GOBERT
More than strong rouleurs: the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team will count on one of the most promising French climbers, Guillaume Martin. The 24-year-old rider born in Paris completed his rehearsal at the Criterium du Dauphine, where he showed brilliance in the most demanding ascents. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Yoann Offredo represent the top options for the flat stages, whilst Andrea Pasqualon is the man for the reduced sprints. Frederik Backaert, Thomas Degand, Marco Minnaard, Dion Smith and Pieter Vanspeybrouck round out the line-up of the Belgian squad.
MEINTJES AND KREUZIGER THE TOP GC OPTIONS
Louis Meintjes and Roman Kreuziger, overall eighth and tenth at the 2016 Tour de France, will try to lead Extreme RR high in GC overall standings. The 25-year-old South African rider of the UAE Emirates Team, one of the favourites for the Youth Classification, showed an excellent condition at the Criterium du Dauphine, whilst the 31-year-old Czech athlete will bring his wealth of experience to ORICA-Scott. More Northwave riders taking part at the Tour de France will be the key setup man of Marcel Kittel, Fabio Sabatini (Quick-Step Floors), his teammate Jack Bauer and Italian Marco Marcato (Team UAE Emirates).
DREAMING IN YELLOW WITH NORTHWAVE EXTREME RR
Extreme RR (Road Race) is the most performing model ever produced by Northwave: a new design, a stiffer sole and, above all, the revolutionary XFrame® patented technology, finally eliminating for good the long-time issue of most of riders: the points of pressure of the upper on the foot. What makes Extreme RR a game changer is the combination of such ultra-soft and comfortable materials with a redesigned closure that sets new benchmarks in terms of fit uniformity around the entire foot.
A NEW SOCK FOR THE WANTY TEAM: NORTHWAVE EXTREME AIR
In addition to the Extreme RR shoes, the Wanty riders will wear the Extreme Air socks characterized by the new yellow-fluo color and the Meryl Skinlife yarn that provides bacteriostatic natural balance and odour-free performance, whilst the super-breathable openwork knit on the entire surface grants amazing airflow.