The Sidi Sport colors have figured prominently from the Middle East to the Atlantic coast of Portugal and in France and Spain too. As always, the credit goes to extraordinary Sidi athletes and their great cycling achievements.
At the Tour of Oman, sparks were already flying between the best cyclists in the world. In the end, Tour de France champion Chris Froome came out on top. Although it is still early in the season, the Briton from Team Sky ascended the hills of Oman as if they were the legendary climbs of the Grande Boucle. In third was another great Sidi athlete and Froome’s former teammate, the Colombian Rigoberto Uran, who this year transferred to Omega Pharma Quick-Step. On the podium with both riders was the Wire, the top-of-the-line Sidi road cycling shoe. The roads of Oman also brought the first victory of the season to Peter Sagan and his Cannondale Pro Cycling team, who took the win in the sprint in the fourth stage.
We find the Sidi Wire on the top step of the podium again in Portugal, at the Volta ao Algarve, where the victory went to Michal Kwiatkowski. In the final classification of this short Portuguese stage race, the Polish champion of the Omega Pharma Quick-Step team beat two superstars, Alberto Contador, who came in second, and, more importantly, local favorite and world champion Alberto Rui Costa. Rui Costa wears the world champion’s rainbow stripes on his Sidi Wire shoes, the shoes worn by all the Lampre-Merida riders. Kwiat built his success by winning the second stage and repeating in the third, a 13.6 km time trial. Sidi was victorious in the first stage as well, with Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida).
Let’s not forget the Ruta del Sol in Andalusia, with Sidi playing a major role thanks to the sprint victory in the final stage by Dutch rider Moreno Hofland (Belkin) and the second place overall of Australian Team Sky rider Richie Porte. And finally the Tour du Haut Var in France where the victory went to the Colombian rider Carlos Alberto Betancur (Ag2r La Mondiale).