Team Sky has benefited from its modern bus design at Tirreno-Adriatico this week in Italy, says Team Principal David Brailsford.
“The good thing is that we have Sky+ on the bus and we record all the stages,” Brailsford told Cycling Weekly. “The riders review it after the stage and in the morning before the next stage. When the guys are watching, they are able to explain their movements and learn. All of a sudden, it stimulates a discussion amongst them.”
The British ProTour team designed the bus with the riders’ comfort in mind. Its seats, each equipped with iPod docks and Sky TVs, look more like business class airline seats.
“We put a lot of technology on the bus and it is good to get familiar with it. There was a big transfer the other day [from Tuscany to Umbria], we stopped at the services and nobody got off! Incredible! That was the biggest plus the team bus could get.”
The eight Sky riders in Italy, not to mention this journalist, also appreciate the strobe light on top of a three-metre arm that rises to help locate the bus in the hectic post-stage scrabble.
On the buses: Brailsford