During the Tour de France, it can be easy to focus on the racers. Admittedly we’re guilty of it too! They’re fast, flashy and dedicated! They exhibit skills mere mortals only dream of. But there’s a group that often gets overlooked, that one could argue have the same qualities as the racers–the mechanics. Without this support crew working tirelessly behind the scenes, the show (as they say) could not go on. Over the next few weeks we’ll be focusing on these mighty, (yet often silent) Tour de France giants. So hop in the team car and join us for the ride!
Unsung Heroes of the Tour Part 1:
Pascal Ridel / Tinkoff Sport
Bio: Pascal has enriched team Tinkoff with his presence for some years. He came to Tinkoff after a period with Credit Agricole. Pascal has a reputation for doing things properly and he always makes sure that the team truck is fully stocked for every situation – a crucial consideration that has come in handy many times.
*We’re betting that last part is probably simplifying things. If you’ve watched a single stage…wait… even about a ten minute span of a single stage, you know that anything can happen. An experienced mechanic anticipates every possible scenario within a race. Pascal and his crew are clearly dialed and they pass this gift off to the riders each and every day.
Like all the World Tour teams we partner with, we feel quite fortunate to work with Tinkoff Sport. We’re cheering loudly from Colorado–and wish the mechanics, the team directors and of course the riders the best of luck at this year’s Tour de France!!
*Remember: check the #winwithtinkoff contest DAILY for your chance to win Feedback Sports products and more! And you could be prepared for anything–just like Pascal.