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Video: Rest day? What rest day? Team Sky ride 50km from airport to hotel

Maybe they didn’t check the box to include transfers when booking flights?

In cycling’s Grand Tours, the term “rest day” is a bit of a misnomer. There’s plenty for mechanics to do, often after a long drive the previous evening, there are press conferences to be held, and the riders will get out on their bikes for a while to keep the legs spinning.

As in 2014, when the Big Start took place in Northern Ireland, this year’s Giro d’Italia unusually features three rest days, the first taking place today to accommodate the long journey to Calabria from the Netherlands.

Team Sky’s solution to how to make sure the riders’ legs didn’t seize up following this morning’s 1,700-odd kilometre flight from the Netherlands to Lamezia Terme was to have staff waiting at the airport with bikes and kit so they could hop straight on and ride the remaining 50 kilometres to the hotel.

The riders didn’t seem too unhappy at the prospect of it, as this video posted to Twitter shows.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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