Team Sky’s marginal gains philosophy extends to the truck which serves as a sanctuary for the British WorldTour squad’s team of mechanics.
The Volvo is unique among the WorldTour fleet thanks to sides which extend when it is parked outside the team hotel, or at the start of a race, and that turns the truck from a vehicle in which to store and transport bikes and equipment, into a fully-serviceable workshop.
It provides ample space for two of the team’s mechanics to work and while rival mechanics are forced to set up shop outside their respective trucks whatever the weather, Team Sky’s men have the luxury of heating in the winter, air conditioning in the summer and a roof over their heads when it rains.
Like Team Sky’s bus (see our photo gallery here), the truck, which has space to store 27 bikes and 50 sets of wheels, seeks to provide a world-class working environment for its staff and David Fernandez, a mechanic of more than 15 years experience, told us it’s the best setup he has enjoyed in his career.
We were granted access to the inside of Team Sky’s truck at the Iberostar Challenge Majorca in February. The race saw a number of riders, including Bradley Wiggins, start their 2014 seasons and came at the end of a long training camp on the Balearic Island.
This photo gallery reveals the secrets from behind the doors of Team Sky’s mobile workshop, including Wiggo’s gold-encrusted Pinarello Bolide.
RoadCyclingUK attended Challenge Majorca with race sponsor Iberostar, staying at the Iberostar Playa de Muro hotel in Alcudia. For more information visit www.iberostar.com