Inside Le Tour: Getting there

Tejay Van Garderen, Tour de France 2011, stage 12

Catching your flight, finding your hotel and getting there from the airport can be complicated. Imagine doing that for a whole team during France's peak travel period in order to get to the world's biggest bike race.

HTC-Highroad, one of the most cosmopolitan teams in the bunch, not only had to organise for its nine cyclists to arrive in the Vendée, but also for its sports directors, mechanics, soigneurs and other staff to get there too.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.