Tour de France 2010 - Rotterdam behind the scenes

by Tony Farrelly   July 2, 2010  

So, the Tour de France, there's Jens Voight, here's Dave Brailsford and his crew, moving past the Radioshack support crew and assorted Livestrong types, and a big chunk of the AG2R team… and there's Skippy of road.cc forum fame, yep I'm pretty sure it's him. We're in Rotterdam and all the various members of the cast are assembling fast bit part players and big movers and it doesn't start for another three days.

We're here in a very nice anywhere-euro-hotel on the Rotterdam ring road to look at some Tour tech. There's Lance and his very short new haircut, Johan and his oddly ordinary motorhome… really nothing flash at all.

The teams are off to the presentation ceremony and we're off to the airport. Oddly, our Tour de France starts before theirs but in the coming weeks we'll all be working as hard as we can to bring you the best bits from the world's greatest bike race. Okay, we probably won't work as hard as them – actually, let's not kid ourselves, we're not going to be working as hard as them – but we can at least try to match their calorie intake… in cake.

Upcoming, we've got Tour tech on the Team Radioshack TT bike and the Specialized Shiv that will be being piloted by Fabian Cancellara, and the Schleck boys. We'll also be looking at Cancellara's Project Black bike that he won Roubaix on – yes, that one – and which he'll be riding on stage 3 when the Tour hits the cobbles. And that's just a taster of the Tour tech treats we've got in store for you over the next three weeks. So keep it locked on road.cc… and good luck Skippy! 

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Can you check closely to see if Fabian's bike makes a discreet 'whirring' noise?

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
2nd July 2010 - 10:10

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don't worry we checked… got quite a lot on his bike's coming up Smile

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
2nd July 2010 - 11:39

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I am relieved that there isnt a 49cc motor hidden in the downtube. Now we can all relax and remember that Fabian is a hell of a rider!

Enjoy le tour.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
2nd July 2010 - 12:06

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was Jens Voight looking lean and mean?, hope so hes got to get me some points for my fantasy TdF team, hopefully on one of them long go-out-and-kill-yerself-but-get- caught-at-the-end breakaways hes so good at.

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posted by Fringe [1088 posts]
2nd July 2010 - 12:14

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he was looking lean and mean… he's in my team too, he did smile though so I hope he isn't going soft.

He's got a really weird TT position too. More on that later Smile

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
2nd July 2010 - 12:40

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I think he has legally changed his name to 'Big Jens Voight' actually. That's how Phil Liggett has exclusively referred to him for years anyway!

posted by Louis Clark [8 posts]
2nd July 2010 - 13:38

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I think of him as Jens "shut up legs and do what I tell you" Voigt. (No "h" in his surname BTW guys.) He's one of my favourite riders. Such a great character and sense of humour, it must be brilliant to have him on your team. Shame that this might be one of his last TdF appearances, since he is now 38.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1380 posts]
2nd July 2010 - 14:39

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He was chewing tarmac and barbed wire. He gets paid to hurt people, how cool is that? Legend.

posted by Mat Brett [1962 posts]
2nd July 2010 - 14:49

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tony_farrelly wrote:
don't worry we checked… got quite a lot on his bike's coming up Smile

if it has got an engine can you ask him where he got it from?

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1299 posts]
2nd July 2010 - 15:36

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