The Tour de France resembles a desert caravan, a “meticulous souk” that’s taken from town to town every day. Today 12km of cables are laid and rolled up just for the electricity, video and communications, one task amongst many.
After yesterday’s bus smash the Tour’s finish structure is fine, although the two engines that hoist the thing into place are damaged and need work. The hydraulics are fine and the alloy structure is damaged by it will be repaired within the next two days.
The structure is provided by Movico, a Dutch company who had to think quickly yesterday with disaster struck and the race was 13km away and moving at 60km/h. It was their idea to let the air out of the tyres.
The info and photo is from Rob Arnold, the editor of RIDE Cycling Review and friend of the Inner Ring.
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