2009 Tour of California pre-race bike photos


2009 Tour of California, pre-race:  We met Alejandro Torralbo, Cervelo's Master Tech, while he worked on Carlos Sastre's TT bike.  Torralbo, who hails from de Cordoba, Spain, has been turning wrenches for more than 30 years.  Though it was raining and in the mid-40's F he beamed with pride while fine-tuning Sastre's machine in anticipation of the Prologue.
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2009 Tour of California, pre-race:  The 2008 Tour de France champion's road bike awaits a bath.
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2009 Tour of California, pre-race:  Another Cervelo mechanic cleans Canadian Dominique Rollin's bike.
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2009 Tour of California, pre-race:  Garmin-Slipstream bikes hanging in the truck yesterday.
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2009 Tour of California, pre-race:  A Garmin-Slipstream mechanic works on a time trial bike.
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2009 Tour of California, pre-race:  The Garmin-Slipstream team seems to have a thing for teen idol Hannah Montana.  One Garmin mechanic's reply to my question about "why HM?":  "She's an excellent artist."  And to think we thought Dave Z. was the only joker on the pro-circuit.
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2009 Tour of California, pre-race:  A Jelly Belly mechanic at work cleaning team bikes.
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 2009 Tour of California, pre-race: Jelly Belly mechanic
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 2009 Tour of California, pre-race: A Liquigas mechanic cleans a rear wheel.
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 2009 Tour of California, pre-race: Liquigas Cannondale bikes.
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