Train­ing Q&A

Cycling Weekly - - Fitness - What is your favourite train­ing ses­sion and why? but do you have a least favourite ses­sion?

The way I train de­pends on the pe­riod of the sea­son and the goals my team and I have. I don’t have a favourite train­ing ses­sion be­cause I al­ways like rid­ing my bike.

OK, I find it much more en­joy­able when I ride with oth­ers. So, a train­ing ses­sion that could be bor­ing when alone is more in­ter­est­ing if I have good com­pany.

How do you stay mo­ti­vated ev­ery year? I think the key is to en­joy what you do and al­ways give your best. Ob­vi­ously, I am a highly mo­ti­vated pro­fes­sional ath­lete and I don’t go to races just to take part.

My aim is, al­ways, to achieve the best re­sult and win, if pos­si­ble. How­ever, in top, pro­fes­sional sports you can’t al­ways win. You aren’t a ro­bot; you will have bad days and days when things go wrong. I ap­pre­ci­ate the love and sup­port

of the fans, all around the world. Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors spend count­less hours un­der the scorch­ing sun or the cold rain in or­der to cheer and ap­plaud when you pass. Part of what we do in the race is for these peo­ple. They de­serve it.

What is the big­gest train­ing mis­take you have ever made?

I think my big­gest mis­take was not to lis­ten to my­self when I should have.

What is the best piece of train­ing ad­vice you have ever been given?

A great coach once told me that do­ing one ses­sion less than you had sched­uled is prefer­able to do­ing one too many.

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