Can You Fix It? TA11
A ProTour team is not just the guys on the bicycles, it includes a huge crowd of support personnel. Perhaps one of the most important is the mechanic that rides in the team car, who can fix anything that goes wrong while the car and the bike are rolling along at over 40 kph. I am thinking that this is Gatis Smukulis (Astana) who has dropped back to see what is wrong with his derailleurs. It isn't much fun being stuck in a hard gear on a climb. Ultimately, the decision was to swap bikes and deal with the problem at the end of the stage.