Tour de France gallery: mechanics’ prologue

An inside look at how much work goes into race-bike preparation

Entire fleets of Tour de France race bikes don’t just build themselves, you know.

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In the days before the Tour kicks off with a 14km time trial in Dusseldorf, Germany, team mechanics put in long hours to build, rebuild, wash and tune multiple bikes for each rider.

While much of this routine is, in fact, routine for veteran mechanics, the Tour can add a little extra spice, as brands rush to capitalize on the cycling world’s attention to showcase new products.

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Click through the gallery above for a look at the handiwork of Tour de France mechanics.

Sometimes bike parts need a little forceful encouragement
Sometimes bike parts need a little forceful encouragement
Ben Delaney / Immediate Media