Spanish mechanics relaxed as Vuelta draws nigh

Gallery: Behind the scenes with team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

The final Grand Tour of 2015 is about to get under way and it's got the makings of a good one, with some heavy hitters out to prove themselves. It's the last chance at glory for those who've had a disappointing season so far, and it's also a hugely important opportunity for the five wildcard entries that will race alongside the 17 World Tour teams over the next three weeks. 

Spanish Pro Continental team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA is one of those five, and we had a nose round the outfit's vehicles as the team was preparing to roll out for one last training ride the morning before the Vuelta begins. Faced with the immense logistical challenge that supporting nine pros over 3357km of racing presents, there was no particular sense of tension or anxiety – despite our best efforts to get in the way. 

Take a look at the huge gallery above for an insight into what keeps a pro team on the road. 

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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