Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 122

Team Building A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 2002 2002 Ivan Basso grew up next door to Claudio Chiappucci, who no doubt passed on the odd bit of advice about the world of the cycling elite. He probably didn’t warn Basso about some of its more curious training practices. Basso was taken on a team-bonding exercise on a boat in the Mediterranean and told to put on a wetsuit, given a surfboard, thrown overboard and told to find his way back to shore. One problem, he can’t swim. Don’t Pass The Salt A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 2003 2003 Tyler Hamilton may have good reason to believe in a commonly held Italian superstition. Many Italian riders believe they could be the victim of bad luck if they pass salt to one another during team meals. Some even use their own salt shaker and refuse to touch another. The reason? They think spilt salt causes the devil to appear and get up to mischief. Tyler Hamilton believed this spiritual myth and also wore a vial of holy water and salt round his neck. One day he forgot to wear it and what happened? He cracked his collarbone on the first stage. 122