Brucey wrote:Syd wrote:It would seem that “neutral service” are not in fact so, but biased towards rim brake riders instead.
what, you think they should carry spare wheels using dozen or so different types of disc setup in use, on the back of a motorbike...? Yeah, right....
Neutral service carry 160mm rotor disc wheels as well as rim-brake wheels and teams know this. Presumably Porte's Trek bike had some other size and his team had decided to accept the risk. https://www.velonews.com/events/tour-de ... de-france/
In truth it may not matter if the neutral service have disc brake wheels or not; you can't expect to change one in much less that 20s whilst stationary and under most circumstances the team car (with a spare bike) is a similar length of time away.
Neutral service cars carry bikes preset for the top three riders on GC, which wasn't Porte.
Presumably this is all because sponsors Trek want to sell bikes with disc brakes more than they do bikes with rim brakes...? Yeah, seeing someone's chances scuppered is such a good advertisement for them...
I also think it's not a great advert for Trek's Bontrager tyres to be the only contender puncturing on that gravel section - but that's OK because I don't think many people like them anyway!