A tale of a train­ing ride for the his­tory books, from Quick- Step Floors di­recteur spor­tif

Procycling - - Prologue -

What’s the best piece of rac­ing ad­vice you ever re­ceived?

My old coach Leif Mortensen said: Push the delete but­ton and for­get the bad things. Al­ways fo­cus on the win and think only good stu f. Such ad­vice is quite use­ful in pri­vate life, also. Find your ‘in­ner-delete but­ton’ and stop the cry­ing.

What has been your hard­est train­ing ses­sion?

A Jan­uary day in 1978. My friend Peter Bærskog and I de­cided to ride 180km in very cold weather. The irst 135km went okay, then I crashed on the icy roads and broke my hand. We rode to a bak­ery to ind a pay­phone to call my dad. He was watch­ing foot­ball on TV and did not have time to pick me up. Then I had a hunger knock. We went back to the bak­ery and stole some pas­tries (as we had no money left). It was freez­ing and we had to piss on our hands to keep warm be­cause we were afraid our in­gers would fall o f. About 10km from hospi­tal I got cramps and we rested for 30 min­utes in a ran­dom garage. I ar­rived at hospi­tal and got my hand and arm in plas­ter and had a lemon­ade so I could ride home. I got home and passed out on the base­ment loor. My mum came down about 8pm and asked why I was ly­ing on the loor and what hap­pened to my right hand. I did not speak to my dad for six months. Be­cause of the hor­ri­ble pain in my hand, I never felt that my wool hat hadn’t cov­ered my left ear when we were rid­ing, and I got frost­bite in it. To this day, when­ever it’s cold, my left ear hurts, re­mind­ing me about that day. Part 2 comes next month

Brian Holm, dur­ing his rac­ing ca­reer af­ter Paris- Roubaix, re­calls a train­ing ride from hell when he was a teenager

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