If there’s any WorldTour team whose bus driver might be expected to know the roads in Switzerland better than anyone else, it’s IAM Cycling – they are, after all, based in the country.
So you can imagine the driver’s embarrassment yesterday when the vehicle got very firmly stuck on its way to the start of yesterday’s Stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse.
Sports director Rik Verbrugghe tweeted a picture of the vehicle, wondering whether he and the team's riders would make it to the stage start – happily, they did.
— Rik Verbrugghe (@RikIAMcycling) June 15, 2016
The team also posted a video to Twitter that showed a recovery vehicle trying to tow the bus away, with a few members of staff trying (unsuccessfully in this instance) to give the front of the vehicle the old heave-ho to get it moving.
Yes.... this we confirm.
We did that this morning.
There are days like this. pic.twitter.com/haYtpC2drR
— Team IAM Cycling (@IAM_Cycling) June 15, 2016
Inevitably, a number of comments alluded to the time the Orica-GreenEdge bus infamously got stuck under the finish line gantry on the opening stage of the 2013 Tour de France in Corsica, with some wondering whether the Australian team’s driver at the time is now with IAM Cycling.
— Orica Bus Driver (@OricaBusDriver) June 29, 2013
There was another tight squeeze for the Orica-GreenEdge bus at last month’s Giro d’Italia, as this picture shows.
— Orica Bus Driver (@OricaBusDriver) May 25, 2016
Of course, it's not the first time we've seen a bus stuck in the Alps ...
Simon joined road.cc 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.