DYLAN TEUNS BMC
So it’s been one month of training hard in the mountains, watching some of the FIFA World Cup – and a bit of the Tour as well. I spent 15 days in Livigno, Italy, which is probably my favourite place to do altitude training. The roads are great and so is the accommodation. It’s a pity it’s only really suitable in summer. I was there with my girlfriend but some BMC team-mates were also around. You couldn’t really call it a team camp, though, as we all did our own thing in the evening.
My training was a carbon copy of the programme I did in Livigno in July last year, because it worked out so good for the second half of last year. I topped my form up with some base kilometres but also did some intensity. I hope it works out in the results like last year! We were up there during the World Cup so we went out and found a nice bar, had a drink and watched the Belgium games. Luckily Italy was neutral territory for the France-Belgium match. I wouldn’t call myself a fanatic. I follow FRC Genk and last winter I got to a few of their games through a connection with an ex-player who’s a keen cyclist. Hopefully I’ll get to a few more this year.
I watched a bit of the Tour. I was doing long days of training and I didn’t want to dwell on the fact I wasn’t there. The two short mountain stages looked really hard and I think they might even be getting too hard, especially for the big section of the peloton battling with the time-cut. I remember doing the La Rosière stage in the Dauphiné and it was savage – even for me, a climber.
One other piece of news is that my contract is signed, sealed and delivered for next year. I’ll be moving away from BMC, to the BahrainMerida team. I was really happy to get that out of the way, because it meant I could knuckle down to my training without much stress. I can focus on the performance side of things and make the best of the rest of the season. Bring it on.
I remember doing the La Rosière stage in the Dauphiné and it was savage – even for me, a climber