Tour de France – Week One Recap: Oakley Riders Exhibit Strong Showing During First Nine Stages

Cycling : 99th Tour de France 2012 / Stage 8

The 2012 Tour de France is off and running, and as expected, there’s been plenty of excitement so far. If you’ve paid any attention to the Tour de France in your life time, you’ve seen no shortage of Oakley cyclists topping the podium at the most prestigious road cycling race on the planet. You’ve seen innovative product that not only looks fast and sleek, but provides the world’s greatest cyclists with the best possible eye protection. The first week of this year’s Tour has been no different. Oakley has been all over the map this year in Belgium, France and Switzerland, the three countries the Tour has passed through already.

It all began with the launch of the inventive Oakley RadarLock, the newest definition of sport performance sunglasses. RadarLock changes the game for athletes, letting them take advantage of Oakley’s wide array of performance lenses, thanks to an ingenious Switchlock method. The cyclists have the ability to change a lens as quickly as possible to combat Mother Nature’s ever-changing environments.

While the technology is groundbreaking and impressive, there have to be cyclists wearing the product to prove its excellence. Again, there is no shortage of Oakley cyclists riding in the new Oakley RadarLock, along with multiple other tried-and-true Oakley glasses, like the Racing Jacket.

Most notably, last year’s Tour de France Champion, Cadel Evans, returns from his homeland of Australia to defend his title. The Team BMC rider was crowned champion of the Tour in 2011, donning a Lemon Peel colored Oakley Radar Path to match his jersey, as he rode into Paris. After one week in the 2012 Tour, Evans looks like nothing has changed, sitting comfortably in second place in the overall individual time classification.

Oakley’s Bradley Wiggins looks to be Evan’s greatest competition as he brings an impressive string of overall wins into this year’s Tour. After watching Team RadioShack-Nissan cyclist, Fabian Cancellara own the yellow jersey since his decisive opening prologue victory, Wiggins assumed control of the maillot jaune following an impressive Stage 7. Wiggins finished in third on the day, behind only teammate Chris Froome who took the stage victory, and Evans, who placed second. In the final stage (Stage 9) before the first rest day, Wiggins blew away the competition in the 41.km time trial. The man in the yellow jersey took a commanding lead going into Stage 10, gaining almost two full minutes on second place, defending champion, Cadel Evans.

Finally, you can’t lose track of the World Champion, Mark Cavendish as he aims to take town the favorites of this year’s Tour de France and improve on his 20 Tour stage wins. He’s already proven his winning ways, sprinting to a victory in Stage 2 of the Tour. With Team Sky’s first priority being protecting Wiggins during his hunt for the yellow jersey, Cavendish seems to be working mainly on his own at capturing the green jersey, among other accolades. Although he is currently 152nd in the overall standings, Cav sits comfortably in 4th in the running for the green sprinter’s jersey.

Other notable Oakley riders throughout week one have been American Team BMC’s Tejay Van Garderen and Estonian rider Rein Taaramae who have both held the white jersey for the best rider under 26-years-old. Swiss time-trial specialist Fabian Cancellara held the yellow jersey for seven straight days and Team Sky’s Chris Froome wore the polka-dot jersey for the tour’s best climber, following his Stage 7 victory.

Oakley is also a proud sponsor of numerous teams in the Tour de France. Most notably thus far, British Team Sky has been the best team since the beginning of the Tour. They’ve enjoyed 2 stage victories (Cavendish – Stage 2, Froome-Stage 7) and currently have Wiggins in the yellow jersey. Only after Stage 8 did fellow Oakley sponsored team, RadioShack-Nissan take control of the team category by 2 minutes, 51 seconds. Other teams you can find sporting Oakley on the Tour consist of Cadel Evan’s Team BMC, Matt Goss and Stuart O’Grady’s Team Orica-Green Edge, and finally Team Omega Pharma-Quick-Step, consisting of Levi Leipheimer and Tony Martin, among others.

Current Team Standings:

1. LUX RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 117h 36’ 25’’
2. GBR SKY PROCYCLING 117h 37’ 50’’ + 01’ 25’’
3. BEL OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 117h 49’ 50’’+ 13’ 25’’
4. ITAL IQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 117h 52’ 31’’+ 16’ 06’’
5. RUS KATUSHA TEAM 117h 52’ 48’’+ 16’ 23’’
6. USA BMC RACING TEAM 117h 53’ 57’’ + 17’ 32’’

Finally, Oakley prides itself on its global exposure to the cycling world. Not all, but a large number of national champions are competing in this year’s Tour de France. Those that are, can be found wearing their country’s National Championship jersey. Oakley provides custom eyewear to match each National Champion jersey of the following riders:

ROAD RACE TITLES:

GERMANY: Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Barracuda)
AUSTRALIA: Simon Gerrans (Orica-Greenedge)
FRANCE: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat)
BELGIUM: Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
BIELORUSSIA: Yahueni Hutarovich (FDJ)
GREAT BRITAIN: Ian Stannard (Sky)
HOLLAND: Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
IRELAND: Matthew Brammeier (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
LITUANE: Gediminas Bagdonas (An Post-Sean Kelly)
LUXEMBOURG: Laurent Didier (RadioShack-Nissan)
NORWAY: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)
POLAND: Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
SWITZERLAND: Martin Kohler (BMC)

TIME TRIAL TITLES:

CANADA: Svein Tuft (Orica-Greeenedge)
DENMARK: Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan)
USA: David Zabriskie (Garmin-Barracuda)
ESLOVAQUIA: Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
ESTONIA: Rein Taaramae (Cofidis)
FRANCE: Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
ITALY: Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
LITUANE: Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Barracuda)
LUXEMBOURG: Bob Jungels (Leopard-Trek)
RUSSIA: Denis Menchov (Katusha)
SWITZERLAND: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan)

It’s been an exciting first week of the Tour de France, featuring lead changes, sprint finishes, massive crashes, and jockeying for all kinds of positions. 2012 has all the makings to be another drama-filled Tour de France, with Oakley cyclists poised to dominate on all fronts. Stay tuned for constant updates and developing stories. Good luck to all the Oakley riders in the upcoming stages.


Current Overall Individual Time Classification:

1. GBR WIGGINS Bradley 10 SKY PROCYCLING 39h 09’ 20’’
2. AUS EVANS Cadel 1 BMC RACING TEAM] 39h 11’ 13’’ + 01’ 53’’
3. GBR FROOME Christopher 105 SKY PROCYCLING 39h 11’ 27’’ + 02’ 07’’
4. ITA NIBALI Vincenzo 51 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 39h 11’ 43’’ + 02’ 23’’
5. RUS MENCHOV Denis 131 KATUSHA TEAM 39h 12’ 22’’ + 03’ 02’’
6. ESP ZUBELDIA Haimar 19 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 39h 12’ 39’’ + 03’ 19’’
7. BEL MONFORT Maxime 16 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 39h 13’ 43’’+ 04’ 23’’
8. USA VAN GARDEREN Tejay 9 BMC RACING TEAM 39h 14’ 34’’+ 05’ 14’’
9. BEL VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 111 LOTTO-BELISOL 39h 14’ 40’’ + 05’ 20’’
10. IRL ROCHE Nicolas 79 AG2R LA MONDIALE 39h 14’ 49’’ + 05’ 29’’
11. POR COSTA Rui Alberto 163 MOVISTAR TEAM 39h 15’ 06’’ + 05’ 46’’
12. EST TAARAMAE Rein 81 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 39h15’ 16’’+05’ 56’’
13. FRA GALLOPIN Tony 13 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 39h 15’ 19’’ + 05’ 59’’
14. SLO BRAJKOVIC Janez 181 ASTANA PRO TEAM 39h 15’ 49’’ + 06’ 29’’
15. GER KLÖDEN Andréas 15 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 39h 15’ 53’’ + 06’ 33’’
16. FRA CHAVANEL Sylvain 192 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP 39h17’ 38’’+08’18’’
17. LUX SCHLECK Frank 11 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 39h 17’ 39’’ + 08’ 19’’
18. FRA COPPEL Jérôme 91 SAUR-SOJASUN 39h 17’ 51’’ + 08’ 31’’
19.USA LEIPHEIMER Levi 191OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP 39h17’54’’+08’34’’
20.SVK VELITS Peter 199 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP 39h18’04’’+08’44’’
21. FRA PINOT Thibaut 146 FDJ-BIGMAT 39h 18’ 13’’ + 08’ 53’’
22. ITA BASSO Ivan 52 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 39h 18’ 26’’ + 09’ 06’’
23. USA HORNER Christopher 14 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 39h 18’ 27’’ + 09’ 07’’
24. AUS ROGERS Michael 108 SKY PROCYCLING 39h 18’ 52’’ + 09’ 32’’
25. FRA ROLLAND Pierre 29 TEAM EUROPCAR 39h 19’ 20’’ + 10’ 00’’

Author

John Ohail

Date

July 08, 2012