Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Team's Logistics at the Giro d'Italia

Team Lampre-Merida discussed what is involved in the organizational support of a World Tour team at the 2013 Giro d'Italia:

-24 people: 9 riders, 1 general manager, 2 sport directors, 1 doctor, 5 masseurs, 3 mechanics, 1 driver, 2 communication managers.

-the automotive crew had 1 bus, 1 truck, 2 vans and 5 cars. They travelled a lot, covering many kilometers: one team car covered 6,000 km, the same distance as from Milano to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, home of former Lampre rider Abdujaparov.

-on the team truck there were 56 Merida bikes:for each cyclist there were 2 Reacto Evo frames, 2 Scultura frames, 2 TT Warp frames. For Scarponi and Niemiec, there was one additional Scultura frame.

-the wheelsets that the mechanics had prepared set before the start were 75 (pairs), all with tubular tires mounted; in addition to which there were 90 extra tubular tires available.

-mechanics used 40 boxes of brake pads and 50 chains, each of 135 cm of length for a total of 67.5 meters.

-auto vehicles, bikes and mechanical parts were clean and shining thanks to use of the washing liquid "Chante Clair": 100 bottles used during the Giro.

-masseurs prepared sandwiches using 470 meters of aluminum foil and they used 2,000 bottles, for a total of 100 liters of liquid, a large part of which was for hot tea.

-Lampre-Merida sent 170 tweets during the race to 10,600 followers, and 170 posts to Facebook to 10,800 followers. 

Photo: Bettini for Team Lampre-Merida

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