Why do Tour de France teams keep losing their buses?

A flashing warning sign and a "kaput" leaves two of the race's teams without their luxury mobile mansions

team buses
(Image credit: Future/Tom Davidson)

Something weird is happening at the Tour de France: teams keep losing their buses.

And that’s important because team buses are effectively team offices, changing rooms, toilets, kitchens, showers, and, yes, vehicles all rolled into one. Without a team bus, what even is a cycling team?

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.