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Tour de France mechanics' prologue - Gallery

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With Richie Porte, BMC is hoping for one more sticker to add to the team car

With Richie Porte, BMC is hoping for one more sticker to add to the team car
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By UCI rule, mechanics can only scoot saddles so far forward. But riders still creep forward on their TT bikes, so a little grip can help keep them anchored on their machines

By UCI rule, mechanics can only scoot saddles so far forward. But riders still creep forward on their TT bikes, so a little grip can help keep them anchored on their machines
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And Froome's bikes have seen some wear and tear, too

And Froome's bikes have seen some wear and tear, too
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Defending champ Chris Froome has his bikes built and cleaned like everyone else on Team Sky

Defending champ Chris Froome has his bikes built and cleaned like everyone else on Team Sky
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Shimano's Race Support was a near-constant presence around its eight sponsored teams, with vehicles packed full of new product

Shimano's Race Support was a near-constant presence around its eight sponsored teams, with vehicles packed full of new product
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And sometimes a gentle hand is enough

And sometimes a gentle hand is enough
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Sometimes bike parts need a little forceful encouragement

Sometimes bike parts need a little forceful encouragement
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There's another way to use a bike workstandÉ

There's another way to use a bike workstandÉ
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