Procycling

CAPTAIN WORRACK

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Since joining Trek-Segafredo, Worrack has been the team’s road captain.

“It doesn’t mean they ride for me, but I think I’m pretty good with tactics and deciding situations on the road,” Worrack explains. “We always have a plan when we go into the race, but you have to have a person who rethinks stuff quickly. You need to be accepted by everyone. It’s not that I always make the right decision on the road - no one can predict what will happen. But someone needs to take the decision and I’m the one. Sometimes I think girls are a bit afraid to say what to do because they’re scared it will be wrong. What I decide is not always right, but if it was wrong you say, ‘Yeah, it was sh*t.’”

The road captain is an essential part of any team. “I don’t see what the road captain sees,” says Ina Yoko Teutenberg, who has ridden with and against Worrack since 2000 and is now her sports director at Trek. “You only see so much from the car, and TV is always a minute behind and sometimes a minute is too late so you need someone who takes responsibi­lity, who can tell you what’s going on.”

Tactical appreciati­on is essential in the role, but understand­ing of team-mates adds an extra dimension, according to Audrey Cordon-Ragot, who the team are positionin­g as Worrack’s successor.

“Last year in Ardèche I felt good, I had just won my national jersey and Trixi said, ‘Audrey, I believe in you,’” explains the French rider. “It was something I had to hear to convince myself, but when it’s Trixi saying that, it’s kind of a pressure that you can’t fail. She was around me the whole day, protecting me, and she told me one thing: ‘Stay calm, stay calm.’

“This is Trixi. She’s calm and quiet. It looks strange because I’m the opposite - loud and never calm. It’s another way to be a captain, but she drove me to one kilometre to go and I won.”

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