Secrets of the toolbox: Etixx-Quick Step (video)

Etixx-Quick Step's head mechanic Kenny Latomme tells us about his most useful tool and his new trick that gives him a third hand, in the latest episode of secrets of the toolbox

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Behind every group of riders is an invaluable support team, chief among them are the mechanics who get their bikes race ready and keep them riding throughout the season.

For the first secrets of the toolbox episode of 2016, we caught up with Etixx-Quick Step‘s head mechanic Kenny Latomme in Calpe, Spain.

Etixx is something of a superteam when it comes to the Classics, which are just around the corner.

Such dominance in the early season is something you’d expect from a squad based in Belgium, but even with a numerical advantage, things don’t always go their way.

Latomme quips that there aren’t really any fussy riders on the squad this season, but there may have been last year *cough* Mark Cavendish *cough*.

Most of the mechanic’s time is spent tweaking gears but also making adjustments, in particular to a rider’s saddle height.

As an interesting insight into the world of professional cycling, the Belgian mentions how early season training camps aren’t just about training but are also a time for riders to get used to their machines and find the best fit for them. Something that is particularly the case for new signings.