Cycling: Logistical miracle required to Keep Tour Down Under on track
Sky Sports' Orla Chennaoui reports from Australia on the logistical miracle involved in the Tour Down Under.
Last Updated: 24/01/14 11:56am
No-one who travels with a World Tour race could fail to be impressed by the logistics, dedication and precision it takes to be able to take the moving circus and it's stars from place to place in a daily basis.
While the riders are slogging it out on the roads, those looking after them are starting their working day earlier, and finishing later in order to make sure the cyclists are properly cared for and live to ride another day.
While any slip-up could have a negative effect on the athletes, there's little they can do to positively affect the outcome of the race.
As Ian Stannard handed the proverbial baton to Richie Porte in the closing kilometres of today's sprint to Stirling, Team Sky's carer on the road was willing him on at the top of his voice and from the depths of his lungs but alas to no avail.
In the end it was Lampre-Merida's Diego Ulissi who crossed the line with his hands in the air while Simon Gerrans held on to the ochre jersey.
Hardly a disastrous day for Team Sky, but regardless of the outcome, for those behind the scenes, it's business as usual. Rain, shine, victory or near defeat.