SF Chronicle on Health Net support team

An SF Chronicle followed the Health Net mechanics during Tuesday's stage. It's a nice perspective on the race, though the writer seems interested in making the Health Net riders sound like a bunch of whiners:

With half an hour to go before the day's start, cyclist Ryder Hesjedal complained to Legan that his brakes seemed too "grabby," and the mechanic replaced the yellow brake pads with a pair of red ones.

There was nothing really wrong with the yellow pads, Legan said quietly, and he slipped them into his pocket for the next time a rider complained about brakes that didn't really need fixing.

"If they think the new pads are going to make them ride better, then they will," Legan said. "I'm here to install confidence, along with everything else."

Another rider said his seat was one-sixteenth of an inch too high, even though it was the same height it was the day before. And another rider said his handlebars were just the tiniest bit crooked, even though they weren't. Legan and his hex wrenches took care of both crises.

SF Chronicle: Support team keeps wheels turning in bike race

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