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20-05-2016, PROSPORTS Forza Canyon

It Takes a Village

2,000 water bottles, 90 different wheel sets and a mobile washer and dryer system - competing in a Grand Tour is a huge logistical challenge. Take a look behind the scenes at what it takes to keep the riders of Katusha and Movistar Team in the hunt for the Maglia Rosa.

3,383 km, 198 riders, 22 teams, 21 stages, 7 mountain stages, 7 sprint stages and 3 time trials make up the Giro d’Italia. The Italian Grand Tour is always packed with drama and this year is no different. As the race enters the high mountains, we decided to sit down with our Team Liaison Manager, Andreas Walzer, to look past the storylines and crunch the numbers on what it takes to keep our 2 WorldTour teams performing at the highest level.

7,000 – Calories riders need when riding in a high mountain stage.

2,000 – Water bottles used by a team throughout the Giro. During a hot mountain stage riders can go through up to 15 water bottles. Sometimes figuring out how to fit all of the water bottles into the already packed team cars can turn into a logistical feat.

120 – Tyre sets used by a team at the Giro – 20 of which are just for the time trials.

90 – Wheelsets the team brings along for the entire tour – 60 for normal stages and 30 for time trials.

50 – Possible gear ratio combinations that every rider can chose from. Depending on the stage type the team mechanics can expect a massive amount of work adjusting all of the rider’s bikes to their specific preferences.

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36 – Number of teeth on a rider’s smallest option for their smallest gear, with the largest option being 42. On the front cassette, riders can choose anywhere between 54 to 58 tooth gears.

35 – Total number of members in the team delegation at the Giro. This includes 9 riders, 3 - 4  mechanics, 3 – 4 physical therapists, 2 bus drivers, 2 – 3 sports directors, 1 doctor, 1 osteopath, 1 – 2 PR managers, 1 team director and 1 cook. On top of that there are sponsor representatives, sport psychologists, nutritionists, performance analysts and trainers.

15 – Stands that every team brings to set up and present their bikes before a stage.

10 – Rollers for warming up before a stage.

10 – Cars used by each team. 6 cars, 2 vans, 1 bus and 1 team truck. It’s possible to fit ice baths into of the vans for quick regeneration after a stage.

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5 – Bike stands used by the team mechanics to do work on the bikes. Movistar Team have three installed in their team truck.

5 – Bikes that every Canyon athlete has at a Grand Tour. 3 road bikes, either the Ultimate CF SLX or the Aeroad CF SLX, with being used for racing and the other 2 waiting as replacements on top of the team car. Every rider also has 2 Speedmax CF SLX for the time trials. The team also keeps additional frames in the team truck.

3 – Air compressors that each team has to pump up their tires.

3 – Sets of brake pads that a rider uses throughout the 21 stages of the Giro.

2 – Complete jersey lots each every rides. Jerseys are typically washed every.

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1 – Washer used to clean the jersey of every rider after each stage.

1 – Dryer used to dry the jerseys after every wash. Both the washer and dryer are installed in the team truck.

1 – Shower built into the team bus so that riders have the option to rinse off before even getting back to the hotel. The bus even has a built-in kitchen where small meals and snacks can be prepared.

15 – Maximum amount of gels a rider might use during a stage, although the number varies greatly from rider to rider. Some riders choose not to use the gels at all while others depend heavily on them.

And last, but not least:

42,000 – Meters that all of the riders will climb over the 21 days of the Giro – nearly 5 times the height of Mt. Everest.

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