Check out the cycling sunglasses this year’s Tour de France favorites are wearing!
Table of Contents
From July 6th to July 28th, the Tour de France, the most-watched sporting event worldwide, is on. The world’s best cyclists gather in France to race the 3,480 kilometer (2,162 miles), 23 day, 21 stage event, starting in Brussels, Belgium and ending in Champs-Élysées, Paris. 2019 is an extra-important year for the Tour de France, marking the 100th anniversary of the iconic yellow jersey worn by the current general classification leader.
2019 is also a great year for the race due to its relative unpredictability. Last year’s general classification winner, Geraint Thomas, is holding second place behind Julian Alaphilippe, who could be the first Frenchman to win the general classification in more than 30 years. On top of that, Thomas’s teammate and four-time winner Chris Froome, is not participating this year due to injury. The top four also don’t have much of a time difference between them. So while normally the winner is pretty apparent about halfway through the race, this year’s Tour is up for grabs.
But we want to talk about something a little less known—what sunglasses are they wearing in the Tour de France in 2019? These cyclists face multiple stages in multiple types of terrain, so they need the most cutting-edge equipment. This desire gives way to an international showing of the hottest cycling sunglasses, and very competitive sponsorships. You can be sure the best teams are wearing the best brands.
Oakley sponsors Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky), the team of 2018’s winner and current second-place cyclist Geraint Thomas. The Radar EV Path and the Jawbreaker were some favorites among this team, while Thomas’s sunglass of choice is the discontinued Racing Jacket. Though the frame is no longer available, we still sell replacement prescription lenses for those who already have the frame.
Compared to the big shield lenses popular among pro cyclists, the Racing Jacket has a more conservative size but the same great functionality. For cycling, we recommend getting the PRIZM Road lens to boost contrast and help you gain the edge in your next race.
Radar EV Path
An Oakley classic—the Radar EV Path’s revolutionary design hits a new milestone of performance.
The tall lens extends the field of vision, making the Radar EV Path a must-have in the Tour de France. It’s also got Oakley’s trademark O-Matter frame that offers comfort and protection for its users as well as Unobtanium grip. Boasting interchangeable lenses and available in prescription, you can’t go wrong with the Radar EV Path.
Along with the Radar EV Path, the Jawbreaker is one of the most popular sunglasses across the Tour—even cyclists not sponsored by Oakley are wearing it.
The ultimate sport design, the Jawbreaker has a shield lens to offer extensive protection and a wide peripheral view. Its Unobtanium ear socks and nose pads also prevent slippage despite perspiration, and Switchlock interchangeable lens technology with PRIZM lenses (and prescription available!) make the Jawbreaker unbeatable.
100% sponsors BORA – hansgrohe, perhaps better known as the team that current points classification leader Peter Sagan belongs to.
Thanks to Sagan, 100% has been making a name for itself in the cycling world. His limited edition S3, in a blue topaz color with a blue mirror, matches his eccentric style.
The 100% S3 combines the S2’s flat brow line and the Speedcraft’s vents into the newest and best cycling sunglasses. It’s also lightweight despite its large size, and the slightly taller shield rests comfortably over your face. Hydrophobic and oleophobic lens coatings also ensure you won’t lose time wiping sweat out of your eyes. Rock this unique look on your next race and catch everyone’s attention.
Note: This frame is not Rx-able.
Rudy Project sponsors Lotto-Soudal, the team of current mountains classification leader Tim Wellens. It’s an especially great brand for prescription-wearers because their frames can handle almost any Rx. Our favorite Rudy Project frame for 2019 is the Horus, which boasts fully adjustable temples and interchangeable lenses.
Though it isn’t as flashy as the big shield lenses you see on some cyclists, the Horus gives you both cutting-edge style and an unparalleled fit. It offers plenty of coverage and a full wrap, so you still get the same great performance without all the fanfare.
A wide variety of cycling sunglasses, including the models featured in this year’s Tour de France, are offered here at SportRx.
Need prescription cycling sunglasses? Done. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tooltips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, Contact Us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians who can help you build your prescription cycling sunglasses.
Ditch risky online shopping with the See Better Guarantee. Try your sunglasses for 45 days. If you’re not satisfied, send them back. Get a full refund, exchange, or credit towards a better pair. And return shipping? Covered. Get your pair of prescription cycling sunglasses at SportRx today!