NEIL STEPHENS

ORICA BIKE EX­CHANGE DI­RECT EUR SPORTIF

Procycling - - Prologue -

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.

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