Your favourite race and climb?
Nothing is bigger than the Tour I would always say Tour de France. If we talk about One-Day-Races then it is Paris-Roubaix and Milano – Sanremo. Favourite climb? Hard to say, the climb usually hurts.
Your best or most memorable result in pro cycling?
Winning a stage in the Tour of Beijing in 2012 ahead of Alessandro Petacchi, but also carrying the National Champion jersey to my Tour de France debut in 2015 I will always remember.
What are your personal ambitions for the season?
I am keen to show myself in the spring classics and yet again I want to make the selection for the Tour de France squad.
What made you shift your focus away from XC and track cycling to road racing?
I was only riding XC because you could start earlier than on the road. Track was only a convenient method to make the winter shorter but road cycling was always my big goal and ambition.
You went through tough time after being hit by a car. What was your motivation to stay in cycling and make it back to the Pro Peloton?
Simple: I want to decide myself when I call it a day as a professional. Ironically there wouldn’t be any other sport now that my knee could handle so I consider myself very lucky to be back on the highest level.
What do you enjoy doing away from the bike?
Just recently I discovered golf as my new passion. Apart of that I am a big fan of English football supporting Arsenal London.
What are your thoughts on the Merida Reacto you will be racing this season?
A good, clean bike and certainly the faster option tonthe Scultura, but I am still struggling to find my position.
Deutschland Tour - Stage 4 29th August, 2021,
Deutschland Tour 29th August, 2021,
Deutschland Tour - Points classification 29th August, 2021,
Deutschland Tour - Stage 1 26th August, 2021,
National Championships Austria - Road Race 20th June, 2021,
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2nd February, 2020,
Tour de France - Stage 2 (TTT) 7th July, 2019,
Scheldeprijs 10th April, 2019,
Vuelta a España - Stage 5 23rd August, 2017,
Paris - Nice - Stage 1 5th March, 2017,
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