In a video posted online as part of the British WorldTour squad’s ‘Team Sky Diaries’, the function of each vehicle is explained by performance coach Shaun Stephens.
“When the riders are doing 200km a day, they need to be fed, they need equipment from the team cars, but ultimately the vehicles are here to help them off the bike more than on the bike,” said Stephens.
“The vehicles are crucial, we’re on the road for three and half weeks and they are not only for transport and storing all our equipment, they are really our office.”
One vehicle that is not mentioned during the video tour of Sky’s vehicles is the motorhome formerly used by Richie Porte. Porte left the race on its second rest day after suffering from injuries sustained in a crash on stage 13.
Despite Porte’s departure, Sky has enjoyed success at the Giro with two stage wins: Elia Viviani took the bunch sprint on stage two and Vasil Kiryienka won the time trial stage. Leopold Konig took over team leadership duties after Porte’s departure, and is currently fifth overall behind race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo).
Team Sky’s Giro d’Italia vehicle fleet
Team bus – transporting riders and staff, also known as the ‘Death Star’
Truck – transporting bikes, equipment and mechanic’s workshop
Kitchen truck – two chefs and dining room
Jaguar XF Sportbrake (four) – two cars for the race, one recon car and another for equipment
Land Rover Discovery (two) – transporting equipment
Jaguar XJ – ‘media car’
Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans (two) – transporting luggage and riders’ bedding from hotel to hotel