Lotto Soudal Team Mechanic’s Truck Tour | Behind The Scenes At The Giro d’Italia 2019

Lotto Soudal Team Mechanic’s Truck Tour | Behind The Scenes At The Giro d’Italia 2019


– Believe it or not, this
is the first time I’ve ever done a mechanics truck tour on GCN and I couldn’t have
picked a better team to actually start with, in my opinion because one of the mechanics here, Steven is one of the oldest
guys I’ve known inside of the pro-peloton of mechanics. So , he’s just given me a little run-down inside of the truck and well,
let’s go and have a look. I’m so excited. Come on. (upbeat music) – So in the back of
the van here where I am right, so the driver just
sits the other side of here there is a plethora of of kit hanging around already. Yesterday the riders took
part in the time trials so I’ve got most of the
time trial bikes here racked up on one side. Now, the actual mounts for the bikes they can be positioned differently because they’re attached on with these kind of wing-nut thumb-nuts, if you like So, easily a bike can be positioned higher or lower accordingly, and
that’s particularly important when you’ve got time trial bikes. Such as these, because
obviously the handlebars on them are not the most
practical things to work in among. And then we’ve got
wheels galore both sides. I mean, the amount of wheels
that can be kept in here I’m actually totally unsure of. But if we look up here we can start to see little cheeky wheels like, well, tubeless wheels here. So some riders are using tubeless wheels. Er, Victor Campenaerts, he was using a tubeless front wheel in the time trials. On the rear, he’s still using
a traditional tubular tire. But maybe there’s something coming in the future, who knows? Be great to see it really, ‘cos I do like a bit of innovation here and there. On the right hand side, well there’s not that much in terms of bikes because most of them are outside either being washed or ridden.
It is a rest day right now so some of the riders are getting a little bit of extra sun on their legs and face and arms. There’s a box there, of
spare frames and forks. So, in the unfortunate case of a rider crashing and snapping one or cracking one, well the mechanic that night, can easily
swap everything over. Now each and every bike,
when it’s racked up has its own little compartment here for the real wheel to sit in, as you can see. And then it’s got a bungee strap as well than can simply go around
and hold it in place. The reason being, when the mechanic’s driving on to the next stage They don’t want a bike to risk popping out of that little compartment and then, well not only damage the paintwork of that and the bike next to it but also risk damaging the rear derailleur or rear derailleur hanger. Because if they get
knocked even a fraction the amount that that can knock out the rest of the gears and the indexing is actually quite amazing. And above, we’ve got actually 24 separate power outlets. Remember, most of the team, they’re using Campagnolo Record EPS or Super record EPS rather. And all the power is being proivided internally inside of the
actual racking system and then pops out through this conduit and then gives you these plug sockets that they plug those extensions into. If there’s one thing
that I recently learned through rewiring my own home is you can never have enough power outputs. Now, let’s have a look
inside of this here. It looks like a trap door, and it’s not. Let’s see what’s… (groans) Tell you what, its quite heavy, that. Just move that bike out the way. Inside a here we’ve got all sorts of
spare handlebars here. So we’ve got road bars,
we’ve got time trial bars. We’ve got handlebar tape,
we’ve got spare elbow pads. These spare handlebar tapes actually aren’t the standard ones. We’ve got some green ones there some white ones, and also some red ones. Now, they’re hidden away from the riders. Could be a little bit of bad luck really to start showing off things that could well be put onto your bike if you went into a
leaders jersey at a race. Right, moving on then to another trap door let’s have a look what’s inside this one (groans) Right. Oh my word. We’ve got campagnolo spare parts. Let’s see exactly what’s we’ve got. The all say on them actually “For Team Use Only”. That’s probably because they’re not in the really top fancy packaging. We’ve got cassettes, chain
sets, more chain sets cable sets, disc rotors. You name it, it’s in here. Now, sufficient as a mechanics truck is you never know how far away from an electricity
supply you’re going to be. So, for instance we’ve got this 4-way extension cable here with a 100 meter roll of cable.
So I guess they could be at the opposite end of a football pitch or a soccer pitch and still have power if they so be it. That is great. I couldn’t like to have that if it didn’t have the
windy wheel on it though that’d be a bit of a nightmare
wouldn’t it, let’s face it. Also got Chain set here,
just kicking around. That’s probably been
swapped off of a frame and , well possibly they
don’t have the exact ones ready and waiting
to go onto another one. Let’s have a look here. We’ve got a few old broken parts too. Of course, riders are putting so many kilometers onto their bikes. And well, sadly, part of it’s crashing. So sometimes things get
broken and bent and destroyed. Here we’ve got some old tubular tires that they’ve obviously punctured. And just to keep a note really of probably how many
they go through a year. They just cut them up
into a little section so they’ve got that. And also, so they don’t put it into a bin. Believe me, I’ve seen it at bike races I’ve seen mechanics put things in bins and I’ve seen fans go
and take it out of there! And obviously, they
don’t want broken parts to be back on the road because
they’re unsafe for that. So inside a here, we’ve just
got a few bits and pieces there’s a chain rings
and a saddle in there that’s been sort of scuffed
up, probably during a crash. Yeah, you can see there its broken at the back of the rails. Now very often mechanics work
very long into the night. In fact, they’re the
first up in the morning and the last to bed. So, there’s a speaker in here so Steven he can work to some tunes
whilst he’s going away. We’ve also got a box here, or old rags. They come in handy for
everything and anything you can’t ever have enough of old rags. They’re old towels, actually. We’ve got loads of
different cassettes here we’ve even got some 11 to 32’s here ready for the mountainous stages. Steven just said to me that
they’re just lying around. Who has, like Record and such like Super Record 11 – 23
cassettes just lying around? Bike teams, that’s who. I love it, I absolutely love this. Right, we’ve also got a
Lezyne track pump here branded up Lotto Soudal too. And get this, you don’t
see these very often This is specifically
designed for disc wheels because of course you can’t get in to the valves on them with a standard pump so by using one of these
you can get in there and put all that pressure in. Here, we’ve just got a box of bits ‘cos remember the mechanics,
they’re working outside I’m working inside! And look at this. This is just loads of
other spare parts again. We’ve got valves for the tubulars we’ve got the adapters
again for the disc wheels. Headset spacers, bolts,
washers, derailleur hangers. Err… we’ve got end
caps, we’ve got EPS bungs, if you like, for the frames. We’ve got spare bearings for the headsets. Bar end plugs, they go missing always. They have to take everything with them. So in among all the spare parts as well of course, they need loads
of spare tubular tires because, so far actually this year though its been a little bit
wet, I’ve got to say. And there has been a fair few punctures so here we’ve got a load of
Vittoria Corsa speed tubulars. These are the more racy
versions if you like because they have a slick
sensor part of the tread there and on the side we’ve got that sort of really individual style tread pattern. So its just those lines that run through there’s no chevrons or
file pattern or anything. And up here, we’ve got Corsas with the standard tubular model there so they’ve got that
tell-tale line tread pattern and naturally, gummed side walls. We love gummed side walls! Take a little bit of extra maintenance keep them nice and clean. Right, inside of here then now you’ll see how good my Dutch is. Right. Pedallen; I reckon that’s pedals. Yeah. So we’ve got inside of
here, a load of spare pedals we’ve got spacers for the pedals too. Look Keo grip. Inside of here (groans) Right. It’s a heavy bit of kit here. We’ve got a, this is a
cleat setup machine here. So its like beautifully
CNC machined and made. I might have to take some pictures of this I fancy making one of these turning one of these on my own lathe. Stuurlint; I know what this one is I’ve been through many a roll of this. Handlebar tape. There we are, its lizard skin,
the team is sponsored by. Its this sort of black, white, gray-ish sort of cammo appearance. Inside of here, a load of spare SRMs. Sensors, mounts, we’ve got all sorts. Right, Oplader’s right
there, that’s charger. Oplader. No doubt charging. EPS chargers for the
Campagnolo group sets. All those… it’s amazing how
much all these chains weigh when you add them all together. We got some Chorus chains,
got Super Record chains There’s a little heater tucked away. Look at that! So, remember if you’re working and you’re up in the mountains You’re going to need to try and keep warm they’re got that, for that reason. Luckily today the Sun’s shining,
they’re outside working. Err…bottle cages, belon holders. So Tacx, they’re supplied by them carbon models here. In here We’ve got a load of spare tires. Look at that! Yep, tubeless tires, some of
the riders are using them. We’ve also got some
training tires there too so the riders going out for
a ride on their rest day. We’ve got some little mini pumps. What’s this?
Talcum powder They don’t shower in here,
that just helps sometimes to put a difficult inner
tube or tire onto a rim. If you’ve never tried
it, try it. It works. Right, this is where all the
business takes place really. The mechanic’s workbench. Probably not as big as what he’d like but well, let’s face it it is in the back of a truck, remember. So straight up, we’ve got
some spare chain rings just kicking about here and there. Let’s start in this cupboard down here. Let’s see what we can find. Right, first up we’ve
got a grinding wheel. So, you’d be amazed at how often things like this are actually
used, believe it or not. We’ve got one of those just in there. Also got some Campagnolo bits. What’s this?
A bleed kit for disc brakes. We’ve also got… what’s this? Looks to me like a hot air gun. Now the only possible
reason I of one of these is not to warm up riders’ cold fingers or anything it’s to umm shrink heat-shrink tubing. So remember, if you’re using EPS cables with standard brake cables you want to try and get
them nice and close together so they don’t get snagged or anything. Put some heat-shrink over it use that, and Bob’s your uncle. It shrinks it. A box of Vittoria tubular glue. Plenty of tins of that. I don’t miss gluing tubular tires I’ll tell you that for something. What else have we got? Right, something else from Wurth here. We’ve got a couple of big old tools. Hopefully, that’s all right. (laughs) Right, lets see what
we’ve got inside of here. Cordless drill; let’s see what we’ve got. An angle grinder! Not sure…. it’s pretty well used. Err… I dunno what you’re going
to be using that for maybe. I’ve just spotted a few other
bits as well, in the back. We’ve got some… where
is it, I just saw it? Some bike wipes there, from Soudal one of the team sponsors, of course you can wipe your hands nice and clean. And that one I knocked over,
some Vittoria Pit Stop TNT. So, some latex sealant that’s going to go inside
those tubeless tires to prevent any punctures. A handy little measuring
guide on there too so you can simply fill up
that reservoir and pour it in. Right, let’s see what’s
in these drawers then I have to hold up the vice handle. For a start, let’s see… What’s this?
Name stickers Adan Hansen. Oh my word! This is like…. Again, more and more little spare parts brake pads, we’ve got bolts,
we’ve got disc rotor bolts. We’ve got everything you could imagine. All the spacers and bearings and washers. More derailleur hangers,
spare quick releases bottom bracket cups there. These are C-bear ones, that’s
one of the team’s sponsors. Spare derailleur pulley
wheels, jockey wheels grease there, so you can inject them into the bearings themselves. Valves, end caps. Drawer number five. Spare seat posts and stems. Superleggero. Look at that, Superzero even. Wah, nice! Lovely bits of kit. And finally, let’s see
what we’ve got here. Torque wrench from Wurth. Remember, these days everything
has a torque setting on it so, that’s ultra-important. We’ve got the old hammer here as well that’s from Wurth. Yeah. Plastic mallet, lovely. I’m not sure what this would be for I suppose its just knocking
out bearings here and there That end wouldn’t get
much use, I don’t imagine. In case you get stuck
in some snow, I suppose. Nearly at the end now We’ve got drawers here
full of disc brake parts Deda handlebar stem parts all sourced specific for these models of bikes they’ve got. What’s this? Snap On. That’ll be for the through axles. There’s a couple of riders
here using disc brakes so it’s nice and quick to do that nice little bit of Snap On kit there. Some Panini sticker albums there get my hands on one of those in a minute. And finally, up here we’ve
got all these chain rings. So of course, they match
up with other models so, because of shifting ramps and pins everything like that. Ideally they need to be matched up they do work but in the best case scenario you want to match them up perfectly. I’ve just found out actually, as well that this truck can hold about 45 bikes. And it used to hold 45 pairs of wheels but these days it holds even more. So it fits probably about 120
pairs of wheels these days which is enough I reckon
to get this Euro d’Italia. So there we are, the Lotto
Soudal mechanic’s truck tour. I would love to spend more time in here. In fact my OCD just want
to pick off this old tubular glue on this wheel. But all of that aside, a huge thanks to the squad for letting my check it out because let’s face it,
they’re at work aren’t they right now and I’ve been interrupting them. So I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Like and share it with your friends and let me know what was your
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