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Whitey’s a very energetic sort of a guy, he doesn’t have days o f. You pick up the phone to him day or night and he’s got the calendar up in front of him, two or three TVs going or he’s talking to the boys. He lives for it. He’s very much at home on the road and works hard for any results we’ve had. Matt’s in charge of the race calendar and one of the really good things is his management of riders’ goals. Michael Albasini might have run second in Liège-Bastogne -Liège but in the next race he was riding for someone else and so that in itself helps keep people’s feet on the ground. That’s all down to Whitey.
Two results that Whitey’s been involved with come to mind. One was the sustained energy he brought to the Giro and working with Esteban Chaves. Going up against the Italians is hard and he hadn’t done a three-week Tour in a while but luckily he loves Italy and the Giro. He was really calm and collected all the way through and that brought some great success.
The second was the stage win at the Tour. Finishing fourth and with the white jersey is great but you could see he really wanted the stage win for the sponsor and you could see as the race wore on it was eating at him a little bit. For sure the race would have been a success without it but he really wanted it. When he got the stage win with Michael Matthews through a total team e fort it removed a big bear o f his back that day. I’d say that was the win of the year for him.