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