2011 Amgen Tour, Van Garderen shoes, stock shoe, custom cover

  • By Ben Delaney
  • Published May. 15, 2011
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Van Garderen has been riding stock Pearl Izumi Custom Octane II SL shoes (size 44) since the beginning of the season. The $290 shoe is Pearl Izumi’s top of the line. In a day when most shoe companies shun Velcro for a variety of mechanical closures, Pearl sticks to the tried-and-true three straps. “Our wind tunnel testing has confirmed the aero benefits,” said Pearl vice president Cache Munday. “Another advantage of three-strap simplicity for the pros is they are virtually crash-proof relative to mechanical closures that can take a beating in crash-filled races, which seem to be all too frequent.”

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