Procycling - - PROLOGUE -

Dy­lan started the sea­son well. He was pushed to be the team leader in Paris-Nice and he was very good there. I think part of the rea­son he wasn’t at his best in the Ar­dennes Clas­sics was be­cause he pushed too hard in Pays Basque, where he tried to get into the top 10, and also rode Bra­bantse Pijl in the build-up. That dis­ap­point­ment in the Ar­dennes got him down. He was on the long-list for the Tour de France, but at the Dauphiné, he was not su­per and he wasn’t se­lected. Per­son­ally, I think he would have come good, but we needed riders who were at 100 per cent early on. That was an­other blow for him.

But he came back well in the se­cond half of the year. Af­ter some al­ti­tude train­ing he was good in the Tour of Poland and he was fan­tas­tic at the Vuelta. I think if he had been able to win a stage in Poland, his sea­son would have changed com­pletely, be­cause he would have been more re­laxed. At the Vuelta, I had the feel­ing he was too ner­vous to win one of the many stages when he in­ished in the top ive.

A lot of times, riders win some races and then ex­pec­ta­tion starts to build. They ex­pect more, the team ex­pects more and the ri­vals watch you more closely. To win is not di icult, but to keep win­ning is. Get­ting over that is the re­ally di icult part of build­ing a top ca­reer. I think he learned a lot this year and I still think he’s a real top ta­lent for the Ar­dennes Clas­sics.

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