Kenny Elis­sonde

FDJ’s match­box climber and closet art buff, Kenny Elis­sonde, broke out at last year’s Vuelta a Es­paña and hopes to star again at this year’s race

Procycling - - Q & A - Writer: Daniel Friebe Pho­tog­ra­pher: Off­side/ L’Équipe

I had three hours left to race and I did the whole thing on the front bump er of the

broom wagon

time. If my room-mate wants to chat, I’ll close my book and we’ll chat. I don’t close my­self off. Ob­vi­ously you take a lot of op­ti­mism from a day like that. As you say, it was also my first ma­jor tour, and I made it to the end. You learn that bad days are part of the ex­pe­ri­ence and that there’s no al­ter­na­tive but to re­ally dig in and find a way through. I had one re­ally rot­ten day, the stage to Collada de la Gal­lina in An­dorra. I was alone on the de­scent and just froze. I had three hours left to race and I did the whole thing on the front bumper of the broom wagon. A lot of guys maybe would have aban­doned. I didn’t and my re­ward was the vic­tory on the Angliru a week later. That was an im­por­tant les­son for me.

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