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

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

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.”