A comment on the blog yesterday about riders ditching their waste food wrappers reminded me of a small detail worth sharing. The Saur-Sojasun jersey has two small pockets on the side for riders to put waste, for example empty gel wrappers.
The team rode the Tour de France this year. They didn’t win much but you might remember Jérôme Coppel who finished 14th overall and they had the youngest rider in the race Anthony Delaplace, who got in a few breakaways. Not the biggest team but a good bunch of guys.
Look at Coppel above and the green material to the left of the “s” in saur.com and you might see the pocket. Here’s a close up:
It’s a practical solution to the problem of sticky wrappers. Races often take place in scenic areas and we shouldn’t see 150 riders littering national parks and open country. But put the empty packaging back into your rear pockets and it can stick to unused things meaning it’s hard to tell what’s useful when you next dip your hand back in.
Saur is a company that provides water and environmental services and Sojasun produces organic soya food products so this very much fits with the team’s image. Fellow French squad FDJ also do the same with their jerseys.