Riding with Vittoria Neutral Service at the Tour of Britain
Benedict Tufnell 2 Jan 2019 Vittoria Neutral Service is the Good Samaritan of the pro peloton, as Cyclist discovers at the Tour of Britain This article was originally published in issue 80 of Cyclist magazine Words and photography Benedict Tufnell As the crowds build near the start area of Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain, an all-Italian team of drivers and mechanics goes over its final checks ahead of the depart. This is the Vittoria Neutral Service, whose job it is to patrol the race and provide mechanical assistance to any rider who can’t get quick help from their own team. These days, however, their job is made all the more challenging by the ever-increasing diversity of wheels used by the riders. Where once the wheels would be similar from bike to bike, now Vittoria has to carry rim and disc brake wheels, with both 140mm and 160mm rotors, ...
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