Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tour de France Special: What is that Yellow Car?

   If you've been watching the Tour, you've been on the edge of your seat with crashes, victories, heartbreak and ... yellow cars?

I spy with my little eye something yellow

   What the heck is going on with all these cars anyway? Well, most are the support cars for each team. They have coaches, mechanics, food, EPO, tiny motors, the usual bike stuff. There is one special car though - the Rudolph of support cars: The Mavic Neutral Support car.

Mavic Saab

   The neutral support car is there for anyone and everyone. They provide wheels and even whole bikes for riders who have a problem and have become separated from their team car. This is especially important when several riders on a breakaway are far from the rest of the pack.
   In addition to the car, they often have a neutral support motorcycle carrying wheels. 

Motorcycle and car

   The set up on the motorcycles is pretty cool:

Wheel carriers

   For the loaner bikes, they usually use Cannondale CAAD10's, since they're pretty cheap and still can get the job done. They're marked same as the cars.

Mavic CAAD10

   And here is Jens Voigt on a junior bike, descending until he can get back on his regular bike.

   Please note the toe clips, and undersized frame. Is there anything this guy can't do? Read the full story of that adventure here

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