Lucy Shaw, 20

Drops, Girona, Spain

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How’s Girona? There are so many English-speak­ing cy­clists here that you never feel too lonely or feel like you are in a dif­fer­ent coun­try away from home. I have a good base and I am set­tled. I know my way around hav­ing been here all year and it feels like home.

Why Girona? It’s mainly the warmer cli­mate and the train­ing roads are great. But it’s also nice to have a break from Bel­gium as so much of the rac­ing is there. It’s nice to be able to get away from that.

What type of rider are you? Tough one-day races, like the Clas­sics, suit me. I am more of a sprinter but I am still try­ing to fig­ure out what I am ex­actly. I’m def­i­nitely not a climber. I en­joy Bel­gian rac­ing and in the fu­ture I’d like to be com­pet­i­tive in the Clas­sics.

What’s Drops like? Bob and Tom Var­ney work so hard be­hind the scenes to get us a good cal­en­dar and we are re­ally for­tu­nate that we have so many great op­por­tu­ni­ties. There’s a great bunch of girls and we’re all re­ally good friends.

Have you had a good sea­son? It’s been up and down. I’ve had quite a lot of heavy crashes that have been tough to get over. In June I hit some road fur­ni­ture, hurt my el­bow and broke a few fin­gers so I was off the bike and on the turbo for a few weeks. It’s been an un­lucky sea­son that hasn’t gone quite as well as I’d hoped for or am ca­pa­ble of.

Next sea­son’s aims? To build on this year, get stuck into the Clas­sics again, to be able to do a good role for the team and hope­fully not fall off my bike as much!

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