After their prolific start to the 2018 Giro d’Italia, we spoke with winners of the two opening road stages, Quick-Step Floors, about some of the organisational activity that goes on behind the scenes, often unnoticed, at the Grand Tour. Quick-Step Floors Technical and Development Director, Ricardo Scheidecker gave us a little more insight into how things come together for the race.
“we have 28 road bikes for the team and 16 time trial bikes for the race” RICARDO SCHEIDECKER
This year’s Giro started outside of Europe, a first in Grand Tour history – what extra logistical issues did this raise?
It was actually quite like many of the other overseas races we do, where it takes some extra effort to travel abroad with all of the team’s materials. It’s not as easy as when we can use our own structures and be in more control over what we do but it worked well.
How many bikes did you transport to Israel for the start of the Giro, and how did all of the race and technical equipment get transported out there?
We took 36 bikes to the start in Jerusalem – everything was transported by the race organisers in a cargo plane reserved just for the peloton and its equipment.
RCS Sport started their organisation for the race months ago due to the complexities of the start in Israel, planning transportation of both their equipment and that of the teams. The majority of what was needed was flown out from Milan in the cargo flight to travel the 2,700km to Israel. Each team was allocated one large container box on the plane, with teams therefore limited as to what they could take for the opening three stages.
How many bikes do you then have with you for the rest of the race?
In total, we have 28 road bikes for the team, and 16 time trial bikes for the race. Alongside this we have about 50 sets of wheels and 16 sets of time trial specific wheels.
Riders prepared for the stage starts out in the public, with there being no team buses, while team cars were provided by RCS Sport pre-branded and stickered up. Ricardo, how many cars did you have in Israel, and how many will you then have for the rest of the race in Italy?
For the opening stages, we had eight vehicles in total, while in Europe we will be back to using our own fleet. We have one team truck, one team bus, two race cars, two support cars, one support mini van, one kitchen truck and one other large van. As usual, we’ll have our riders sleeping on Latexco mattresses which we install in their beds every day. We have a van and two staff members at the race specifically to perform that role.
The logistical planning seems to have been carried out smoothly, especially so for the Quickstep-Floors team who took the white jersey after the opening time trial, with Max Schachmann, before winning the following two stages with Elia Viviani as well as taking over the Ciclamino jersey of points leader.
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