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For the drivers and helpers of a professional cycling team it’s vitally important to have their skills nailed for the Tour de France. In this video from the Belkin team, we see how they prepare for the year’s most important three weeks.

Passing up water bottles from the roadside and from team cars, handing up musettes full of vital supplies and driving through streets crowded with fans are crucial skills for sport directors and helpers in the Tour.

A flubbed bottle pass or a car not able to get through to look after riders could be the difference between a stage or even overall win and an also-ran.

Team Belkin’s support crew have been working hard to be ready for the Tour and in this video they share their previously-secret preparation techniques.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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pmr [197 posts] 2 years ago
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giff77 [1251 posts] 2 years ago
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Pure Class.

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mt [4 posts] 2 years ago
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he he

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bikemadjo [72 posts] 2 years ago
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that is awesome!

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giles [24 posts] 2 years ago
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Great Video

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Charles_Hunter [149 posts] 2 years ago
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Trying to maximize exposure before they pull out leaving the team without a title sponsor?
Or am I being a little harsh? Probably, the video was good, especially liked the wheel change.

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Nigel Jennings [10 posts] 2 years ago
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Tres amusant  1

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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This is brilliant, can you imagine if Sky tried this in London, the amount of abuse they would get for beeping cyclists and stepping into the road....

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Beaufort [270 posts] 2 years ago
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Can I hire them to follow me around ?

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JohnnyRemo [151 posts] 2 years ago
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UK Advertising Standards Authority would never allow this with all those helmet-less riders in the middle of the road...

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 2 years ago
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Can you imagine stopping to fix a puncture and getting that wheel-change?!