Secrets of the Toolbox: Tinkoff-Saxo (video)

The team’s mechanic Rune Kristensen sheds some light on his role as a mechanic to the stars.

In the sixth episode of our series, Cycling Weekly chats to Rune Kristensen, who took time out of a busy Tour de France schedule to tell us about his work. The Dane splits his time between working at races and running the team’s service course in Luxembourg.

Kristensen tells us about his most unusual tool, as well as telling us which of the team’s riders is the most involved with their bike set-up.

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The Russian team are in the midst of a campaign on two fronts at the Tour de France, fighting to win the race overall with Alberto Contador and also battling to give Peter Sagan his fourth green jersey in a row.

With the Tour being the biggest race of the year, it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the busiest times of the year for the mechanics, with Kristensen saying that only the build-up to Paris-Roubaix compared to Le Grand Boucle.

Indeed, the Dane jokes that the most relaxing moment of the day is time spent in the car during the stages.

You can watch previous episodes in the series, including MTN-Qhubeka and BMC by clicking here.