Santa Cruz, California-based Giro Sports, best known for its helmets, has added new eyewear to its two-year-old optics line. The company also added Astana road pro Levi Leipheimer and mountain bike racer Adam Craig to its stable of sponsored athletes for 2009, joining Astana's three-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador.
The Giro Fader and Cymbal "lifestyle" models are made with Zeiss certified lenses, and are both available in six frame/lens options. The Fader retails for US$110, while the Cymbal sells for US$140.
The new Giro Fader glasses
Contador won the 2007 Tour de France while wearing the Giro Havik glasses; he then won the 2008 Giro d'Italia and Tour of Spain, becoming the first man to do so since Bernard Hinault in 1985. Giro has since expanded its sport performance line to include the Havik Full and Compact models, Semi Full and Semi Compact models, and Instigator and Splitter styles.
Giro Senior Brand Manager Eric Richter also told BikeRadar.com that Team Rabobank, home of three-time world road champion Oscar Freire, has joined Garmin-Slipstream as a Giro Eyewear-sponsored team for 2009.
For more information, visit www.giro.com.