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.