Grand tours put bikes under enormous strain and, apart the riders themselves, it's the mechanics who are often the busiest guys on a team.
Only a couple of bikes are carried per rider, which means teams eat up prodigious amount of components in their attempts to keep bikes capable of handling the hurly burly of racing.
This means the guys handing out the kit are always on their toes. The video below shows Shimano Europe’s man Magnus on the inside prior to stage 18 of the Tour de France in Pinerolo, dealing out goodies to Leopard-Trek and FDJ.
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