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Gallery: Inside the Team Lotto Soudal service course

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One of the bikes being worked on carries a very familiar name

One of the bikes being worked on carries a very familiar name (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Lotto Soudal service course

The Lotto Soudal service course (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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There are roughly three and a half truing stands on this table, and a vice

There are roughly three and a half truing stands on this table, and a vice (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Notable items in the rubbish include: chains, cables, tins of tubular glue, and broken Mavic Reflex tubular rims

Notable items in the rubbish include: chains, cables, tins of tubular glue, and broken Mavic Reflex tubular rims (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Another box contains worn and part-worn tyres

Another box contains worn and part-worn tyres (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Some more random wheels...

Some more random wheels... (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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...including some seriously old Mavics. We speculate that the tape is to preserve the layer of glue.

...including some seriously old Mavics. We speculate that the tape is to preserve the layer of glue. (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The all-important bike setup jig - there's another one in the truck that goes to races

The all-important bike setup jig - there's another one in the truck that goes to races (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Every rider's vital statistics is included in this handy chart for bike setup purposes

Every rider's vital statistics is included in this handy chart for bike setup purposes (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Another nook houses riders' kit, with regular helmets and clothing on the left and TT helmets on the right

Another nook houses riders' kit, with regular helmets and clothing on the left and TT helmets on the right (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Pro teams consume immense quantities of soft drinks and bottled water – this is only about half of the total amount stored

Pro teams consume immense quantities of soft drinks and bottled water – this is only about half of the total amount stored (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Another area is set aside for the goody bags destined for VIPs

Another area is set aside for the goody bags destined for VIPs (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Although the second title sponsor has changed, Lotto Belisol memorabilia isn't hard to find. Note the washing machines, essential for kit cleaning

Although the second title sponsor has changed, Lotto Belisol memorabilia isn't hard to find. Note the washing machines, essential for kit cleaning (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Lotto Soudal - live your dream

Lotto Soudal - live your dream (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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A pile of fresh tubs in the corner, along with some random rims

A pile of fresh tubs in the corner, along with some random rims (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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...and if all else fails, there's always the "service spray"

...and if all else fails, there's always the "service spray" (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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There are few problems that can't be solved with lube, superglue, gaffer tape or bungee cords…

There are few problems that can't be solved with lube, superglue, gaffer tape or bungee cords… (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Most of one wall is given over to bikes, with Ridley Dean TT machines on top and Helium SLs on the bottom, along with the odd Noah SL

Most of one wall is given over to bikes, with Ridley Dean TT machines on top and Helium SLs on the bottom, along with the odd Noah SL (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Team car aside, there's little to give away the location

Team car aside, there's little to give away the location (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The bikes are staggered for space efficiency

The bikes are staggered for space efficiency (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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As we saw at Paris-Roubaix, the odd rider prefers non-sponsor equipment, like this de-logoed Specialized Power saddle

As we saw at Paris-Roubaix, the odd rider prefers non-sponsor equipment, like this de-logoed Specialized Power saddle (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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A weighing scale hangs from the high ceiling by an old bike chain – essential equipment to make sure the bikes are UCI compliant

A weighing scale hangs from the high ceiling by an old bike chain – essential equipment to make sure the bikes are UCI compliant (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Along from the bikes, this rack is a cornucopia of carbon Campagnolo delights…

Along from the bikes, this rack is a cornucopia of carbon Campagnolo delights… (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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...while another rack holds the TT disc wheels

...while another rack holds the TT disc wheels (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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With all these wheels come wheel bags, which aren't really needed in the course of normal team activities

With all these wheels come wheel bags, which aren't really needed in the course of normal team activities (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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There's a glut of quick release skewers too

There's a glut of quick release skewers too (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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This Ridley Dean TT bike needs its rear brake setting up

This Ridley Dean TT bike needs its rear brake setting up (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The mechanics are cyclists too, as evidenced by their well-used looking bikes leaning against a wall

The mechanics are cyclists too, as evidenced by their well-used looking bikes leaning against a wall (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Some of the mechanics' tools are straight off the shelf, some look more home-grown

Some of the mechanics' tools are straight off the shelf, some look more home-grown (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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High-end T-handle wrenches are a feature of many a pro mechanic's toolkit

High-end T-handle wrenches are a feature of many a pro mechanic's toolkit (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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As riders and mechanics come and go, the one constant is administrator and organiser Sara, who is only occasionally allowed out of the service course

As riders and mechanics come and go, the one constant is administrator and organiser Sara, who is only occasionally allowed out of the service course (Image credit: BikeRadar)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

In a warehouse somewhere in Belgium, two mechanics are working away quietly. Bikes and wheels line one wall, with more racked up in the middle of the space. Welcome to the Lotto Soudal service course, the equipment hub of a WorldTour team that's more Belgian than crosswinds and cobbles.

The two men go about their business in an oasis of light at the back of the building, surrounded by tables of tools and piles of new and used bike components. BikeRadar took a wander round and had a delve through their rubbish – click on the gallery above to get a taste of what keeps a pro team ticking over.