AG2R La Mondiale Team Bus Tour | Inside The Giro d’Italia 2019

AG2R La Mondiale Team Bus Tour | Inside The Giro d’Italia 2019


– We’ve been given access to behind the scenes look at
the AG2R La Mondiale team bus. And I’m really excited to show you what’s in a bus during
a three week Grand Tour. So first impressions, super clean and pristine bus this is. You’ve got the front
seats, which is normally reserved for the director sportif or a rider, if they do really well. Then you got the drivers seat most important seat in the bus. You’re not getting very
far without that guy. In the corner you’ve
got loads of GPS units. So making sure the bus
driver knows exactly where he’s going and exactly
how long it’s going to take. Up here, you’ve got Bruno Riviere, and he is the driver of
the AG2R La Mondiale bus. So moving on from the bus drivers seat you then go back, we got eight seats here lined up for the riders. This is where a lot of the
riders spend a lot their time during the travel for post
stage or even pre race to get to the start of the stage. I’ve just found a Mavic box here, if we have a look inside here. You’ve got the numbers,
so that’s Alexis’ numbers. Loads of different numbers for the Giro. His Mavic shoes there. And behind me you’ve got the skin suits. So there’s Ben’s skin suit. There you go there. And they’ve just had their TT stage. So they’re probably drying out cause it was a bit of a wet stage. Above us, we have an aero lid. So that would have been used yesterday. Still all drying out from pretty
horrific weather yesterday. And then we get to the middle of the bus. We got bench seats. Really comfortable bench seats, really nice area to relax, chill out, maybe even put your legs
up, and try and recover ready for tomorrows stage. Then if we move right
back to the kitchen area, you’ve got PowerBar Max Recovery up here, then coffee machine, microwave. Under here, you’ve got
bin, you’ve got to keep the bus nice and clean
and tidy at all times. Plenty more, washing up liquid, and hand sanitizer. After all, keeping clean and cleanliness is key, on a team bus. So moving on from the coffee machine and the microwave on that side, we come over to where the food is prepared by the soigneurs. We got plenty of fruit in there, massive bowl of it, bananas, pears, and anything you can really imagine. Freshly made cakes, that I’m looking forward
to having a taste of. You got bottles from
Elite and then you’ve got ketchup, I think that’s, yep, olive oil, loads of sauces. Try not to make a mess. And then behind me you’ve
got a big monitor there. And this way the director sportif will be explaining to all the
riders about the stage, how long it is, what the
plan is for the race, and how they can, you
know, get their best result they can, if possible. Also if the riders are doing like a recon or they’ve done a recon, they can show the stage on the telly. I’m guessing, this is the fridge. Yep, fridge stacked full of like, pureed apple, plenty of
drinks, waters, cokes. We got freezer then,
with loads of ice packs. If you’re interested to
know what ice packs are for, is they stick these down their jersey, to keep them nice and cool, or if they do have an injury it’s good for rest, ice, compression, elevation. Got, another mirror, perfect for me. If we open this cupboard, we’ve got everything you need for when you’re traveling
you can eat on the go. So you’ve got all your
sauces, your cutlery, so the soigneurs, once
they’ve prepared meals like a rice based meal,
they can have their food while they’re traveling to the hotel. So each rider, has a specific shelf. So, let’s look at Lary’s for example, he’s got his helmet there,
casquette, and his shoes. You’ve got spare
casquettes, and podium hats. Then when we move back we’ve
got showers to our left. Now these are actually, nice ones, they’ve got their own, so there’s two, individual showers there. Over here you’ve got radios,
all being charged up, really important to make
sure they’re fully charged, so that the riders know
what they’re doing, can communicate with the director sportif. In the back here you’ve
got one really long bench. This is where the director can
speak to some of the riders, or they could even get a massage here, but it’s quite a nice
area just to chill out in the back of the bus. As we move over there you can see an array of different cupboards and cubbyholes. If we open this one for example, we’ve got a printer there, now the director sportif
will use that to print out stage notes, and that
kind of thing so they can put the stage notes on
the stem for the riders. Maps, everything you need to know. Got more hats, more gloves. A desk, so that the
director sportif can work. Over there is, mainly for the soigneur, so you’ve got towels
there for the massage. You’ll notice they’ve got
some really cool lighting, going on up here, it’s not the newest bus in the world, but it’s still,
it’s packed full of tech. Digital clock, incredibly important, so the riders know exactly,
when they’re warming up, how long they’ve got
before the stage starts. Cause, yeah you don’t want to be late. After the radios, there is, worth pointing
out, they’ve each got a full stack of rider cards to go, to give to fans. So that is Ben Gastauer,
and Francois Bidard, there. Now something I nearly missed because, well, it’s quite frankly invisible, is the toilet, and it’s actually, pretty spacious. Well hidden that one. You’ve got shelves at the top of the bus, and this is for storage basically, but up here you’ve got loads
of different leg lubricants. So all the different
oils, from warm up oil to, deep heat, anything the rider needs, so this is where the
soigneur will be lubing the riders legs up or giving them a pre-ride massage, before they go. And then you’ve also got,
some medium muscle balms, you’ve got, this is
actually really important, some kitchen tissue paper, to wipe some of the excess oil of the legs. Spare shoes, sun cream, so that’s pretty important,
during the World Tour, especially when it’s really hot, but also the Giro gets hot, and cold, so you need to be prepared for all weather. More kit, more helmets, so that’s the normal,
Bidard’s normal helmet. Not so aero, and Bidard’s skin suit, fresh
from yesterdays race, or should I say, not so fresh. Right, so the riders are going back on, so I better get off. I hope you’ve enjoyed having
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