Just moments before the start of the 2014 Tour de France’s Stage 2 in York, Cannondale’s Peter Sagan had a bike problem and rather than do a simple bike swap. his Cannondale team mechanic Giuseppe Archetti did a crank swap worthy of a MotoGP pit stop. Sagan was feeling a
bit of roughness in his crankset bearings and with the Maillot Jaune in the balance (Sagan was second on GC to Marcel Kittel), ‘Arco’ jumped in to solve Peto’s tech problem minutes before the stage start.
Was there something binding up the bottom bracket in the cable guides? Archetti checked the guides, but didn’t find anything impeding the crank.
Presto, changeo, Archetti pulled the CODA crankset out of the bike, then installed another in less than a minute. Archetti is one of the most experienced team mechanics in the business and even had time to crack a joke as he tightened Sagan’s new crankset.
Sagan stood by in his Maillot Blanc of Best Young Rider, seemingly amused by the action swirling around him. In less than 5 minutes, the job was done and Sagan was off. Finally, Cannondale’s other team mechanic Saul Nencini checked Sagan’s spare bike before the caravan departed for Sheffield, 201km away along the roads of the Tour de France. Eventually, Sagan finished 4th on the tough, classics style stage and has moved closer to the Maillot Jaune.