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It's big it's black and they call it the Death Star, come and have a look round the Sky team bus...

Remember when Team Sky first launched amid all the talk of ants and chimps there was also much made of the the British super-team's secret weapon… their team bus. What with its special seats, cinema, showers and sound system all aimed at cocooning the riders in the best pre and post race environment to make sure even the most marginal of potential gains were aggregated. It's big and it's black and on the circuit they call it the Death Star… even Team Sky seem to call it that (which suggests they haven't been watching Star Wars on in onboard cinema.

People don't talk about the bus much any more which is odd because it seems  to have been doing it's job and if you see it at a race it's a very impressive piece of kit indeed - even parked up next to all the other team buses at the Tour.

Fancy a look inside? Come on then let's hop aboard and marvel at just how many energy bars you can fit in cupboard (and that's just the pre-race nutrition apparently), the showers the cinema… and just how flippin' loud those seats are, and most impressive of alll the way they can make the glass in the meeting room go frosted at the touch of a button.  Our guide (and it's big enough to need a guide) is ex-Team Sky rider, Dario Cioni - now the on of Sky Pro-Cycling's business manager in Italy.

Take it away Dario…

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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Ducci [89 posts] 3 years ago
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And we all know what happened to the Death Star, a couple of rebel fighters got through yesterday...  3
I could quite happily live in that bus. When did Dario become Nordic?  1

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antonio [1117 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd rather have the team bus than a Pinarello bike!!

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ttekkv [36 posts] 3 years ago
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Assuming it's the same bus they had in 2010, it nearly knocked my off my bike whilst I was riding back from the Tour of Britain stage ending in Teignmouth.

It would have been quite ironic I suppose. I still wonder if I'd have they'd have given me some free goodies if they'd have hospitalised me  3

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andyp [1444 posts] 3 years ago
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Even better in the flesh. Can't believe I got so excited about sitting on a *bus*  1

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Al__S [998 posts] 3 years ago
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Presumably they have more than Death Star? if not, was it at Tirreno-Adriatico, or Paris-Nice? If they only have one, how do they decide which race to send it to and what do they give the other team?

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sm [375 posts] 3 years ago
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"Here's the hydration centre." aka the fridge.

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WolfieSmith [1313 posts] 3 years ago
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At the TOB last year it was funny seeing 200 people crowded around the bus. It reminded me of The Life of Brian. I expected Brailsford to appear in the doorway and say "He's not coming out. And he's not the Messiah - he's a very naughty boy.' Meanwhile 20 yards away future stars in the BC youth squad were sitting in chairs by their minibus trying to change with towels over their laps whilst their manager Chris Newton - yep that Chris Newton - picked their kit out of puddles for them.

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mulgabill [10 posts] 3 years ago
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love the rice cooker - I think we bought the same one from Robert Dyas for a tenner. No expense spared...

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NeilG83 [285 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm pretty sure there are 2 Death Stars, so there would have been buses at Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.

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Leviathan [1865 posts] 3 years ago
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NeilG83 wrote:

I'm pretty sure there are 2 Death Stars, so there would have been buses at Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.

I can assure you; they are fully operational.

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Al__S [998 posts] 3 years ago
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MercuryOne wrote:

Meanwhile 20 yards away future stars in the BC youth squad were sitting in chairs by their minibus trying to change with towels over their laps whilst their manager Chris Newton - yep that Chris Newton - picked their kit out of puddles for them.

Whilst tit might seem a bit harsh, you can bet that all the Sky Stormtroopers have been through that stage earlier in their careers- almost a "rite of passage" before you reach the world of luxury team coaches.