Procycling - - PROLOGUE -

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

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