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It was not quite the scale of the Orica-GreenEdge mishap from 2013 when the bus got stuck under the finish line gantry, but the EF Education-EasyPost team ran into a sticky situation at the Tour de France ahead of the start of stage 10 on Tuesday.
The team bus snagged on the ground when rounding a tight downhill bend close to the team bus paddock in Morzine, leading to it being jammed for quite some time and necessitating some quick thinking to fix the problem.
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Pictures from the start show the brightly colored bus wedged in place. The predicament meant that other team buses couldn’t get into the team paddock for some time.
First it was Orica and now it is the EF bus that is very stuck. Blocking access for other team coaches to paddock at the beginning of stage 10. Hands at the ready to help. A lot of burnt rubber. #TDF2022 pic.twitter.com/MmJmOxlfXx
— Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) July 12, 2022
A different post gave another perspective on things.
The bus was eventually freed with the help of some heavy machinery, ending a stressful start to the stage for team staff.
— Peter Cossins (@petercossins) July 12, 2022
Le bus @EF a pris le virage trop serré et s'est retrouvé bloqué plus de 20 minutes, coinçant tous les autres derrière sur la route du départ à Morzine ! Tout vient de rentrer dans l'ordre 😉 #TDF2022 pic.twitter.com/UIX26kGf4B
— Thomas Siniecki (@siniecko) July 12, 2022