So how do all of these improvements to the shoe translate to better performance out on the road? Giro estimates that had Australian pro cyclist Richie Porte worn the new Prolight Techlace while riding up France’s Alpe d’Huez — one of the most notorious climbs in all of cycling — while competing in the Criterium du Dauphine a few weeks ago, he would have shaved 15 seconds off of his total time. Considering that Porte currently trails Chris Froome by 39 seconds in the overall standings at the Tour de France, it becomes clear just how precious those seconds can be. American rider Taylor Phinney was also wearing Giro’s new shoe when he won the polka-dot jersey during stage 2 of the Tour as well. That jersey is awarded to the best climber in the race.
As you might expect, the Prolight Techlace shoes do not come cheap. Giro is selling them for $400, which is well above what most casual riders will spend for their footwear. But for cyclists who are on the lookout for ways to cut weight from their gear, these new shoes will be very enticing.
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