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Old 10-11-16, 04:46 AM
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Tour de France mechanics

Does anyone know if lists of Tour de France mechanics exist? I mean: they are as much the heroes as the riders! I figure there must be information on the past TdF teams with their mechanics? Who, for example, did the maintenance for Zoetemelk, Hinault etc.?
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Ernesto Colnago wrenched for Eddy Merckx for a while. Julien DeVries worked with Lance. I can probably conjure up a few more. A list? Not aware. They move around so much.
Alan Butler and Geoff Brown worked for Motorola and the morphed teams...Postal, etc...then went on to Slipstream.
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I'm sure that would be interesting, I wish I could help you. We saw a few stages of the Tour of California this year and I looked up the Tinkoff mechanics, and this one in particular. It notes that his Grandfather, Maurice Desimpelaere, won Paris-Roubaix in 1944! Lots of great stories out there, I'm sure.

Christophe Desimpelaere - Tinkoff
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"Lots of great stories out there, I'm sure." I absolutely agree there must be! I mean: these mechanics (mécaniciens) saw and heard it all, up close! And some of them built very beautiful bikes (on demand) in their own spare free time. So, I hope some names will pop up, especially around 1975-1985.

How many mechanics did Tour de France teams have back then in general? Did that depend on the total (team)budget? Were there any rules on this?
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For example: these were the teams in 1979... -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...Tour_de_France
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