Riders were allowed to strap cameras onto their bikes this year, providing us with this on-board footage. It’s a fascinating look at what it’s like to navigate the pack, around crashed cyclists, and whip along at full pelt.
The riders opt to use Shimano’s CM-1000. Shimano is a large manufacturer of cycling gear, so perhaps the competitors are looking out for their own.
Not only do these competitors have to be in great shape, link up with teammates and survive the gruelling stages, but they also have to have keen reflexes to avoid crashes, find an uncontested racing line, take sharp corners at a brisk pace, and cycle unprotected from spectators who stand just feet away (and often have flags, umbrellas…and we’re pretty sure we spotted a tire or two).