Procycling - - PROLOGUE -

I’m writ­ing this at the start of the Vuelta and I’m look­ing for­ward to a good three weeks of rac­ing in Spain. We’ve got a re­ally strong team, led by Richie Porte, and lots of ter­rain on which we can thrive. Be­cause of Richie’s crash in the Tour though, we’re are go­ing to race ac­cord­ing to the old say­ing – day by day. That’s es­pe­cially so in the first week. For me the golden sce­nario would be to win a stage. There are some stages that suit my strengths but we’ll just have to wait and see whether I get a chance to give ev­ery­thing on them.

I’m pretty happy with my form at the mo­ment, which got me a cou­ple of sec­ond places at the Tour of Poland. With those re­sults in the bag I can start the Vuelta con­fi­dent with where I am.

This is also BMC’s last grand tour. Lots of guys are leav­ing next year so if we needed some ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion, that’s it. I’ll be sad to leave. I’ve had four good years here. It’s a well­struc­tured en­vi­ron­ment with the rid­ers at the cen­tre. I’ve re­ally prof­ited from that. I will join BahrainMerida next year and I hope to find some of the same el­e­ments from BMC over there. I’ve spo­ken to the man­ager, Brent Copeland, a cou­ple of times and I re­ally got the feel­ing that the team will be­lieve in me. There were a few things that I was look­ing for in my con­tract. One was that the team saw po­ten­tial in me and of­fered me more lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Ar­dennes Clas­sics are re­ally im­por­tant to me and I be­lieve the man­age­ment can see me achiev­ing suc­cess in those races. I also want to ex­plore my po­ten­tial in the cob­bled Clas­sics. I’m cu­ri­ous about what I can achieve. I did them as an U23 and se­cured some nice re­sults there. I did a few of them with the full BMC squad as well and had some nice sen­sa­tions there, so to do a few more of them in 2019 is im­por­tant to me.

But that’s all in the fu­ture. The main thing is that I’ve se­cured my fu­ture for a cou­ple of years. With that ironed out, it al­lows me to en­joy the last few weeks of the sea­son and hope­fully turn some good form into some­thing even more use­ful: re­sults.

Dy­lan rides his irst grand tour of the year, the hot, sunny Vuelta a Es­paña

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