On want­ing to win the Worlds and Mal­lorca’s top car­rot cake

Procycling - - PROLOGUE -

What’s your favourite place to ride? My favourite place to ride is at home in Stribo, in the Czech Repub­lic, sim­ply be­cause I was born there and it’s where my fam­ily lives now. Un­for­tu­nately, we’re not there that of­ten be­cause we split our time be­tween Bel­gium and Mal­lorca.

What race would you most like to win if you could?

I’ll take three: Flan­ders, Roubaix and the Worlds. It would be cool to add a rain­bow jer­sey to my ti­tles from cy­clo-cross and BMX [true: Sty­bar was the un­der-8 BMX world cham­pion]. The other two are just great races to­gether with Strade Bianche, which I have won.

Tell me about your hard­est reg­u­lar train­ing ses­sion. That de­pends. It de­pends on how it I am at the time. I re­ally love to train hard and ind the lim­its of how far I can go in en­durance and in­ten­sity. The hard­est was prob­a­bly some­thing from my cy­clo-cross years.

What’s your favourite café stop? It’s in Santa Maria on Mal­lorca, and I some­times stop there when I’m do­ing a big ride in the hills. They have re­ally good car­rot cake there, maybe the best.

De­scribe the per­fect o f-sea­son.

I think I had it last year. We stayed for the whole pe­riod in Mal­lorca. My fam­ily and my wife’s fam­ily all came to visit us and we just stayed in one place, which was so di fer­ent to the sea­son. We had some bar­be­cues and just chilled out. It was per­fect just to spend time with my wife and son.

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