Your favourite race and climb?
My favourite race is Milan-Sanremo. It’s the longest race in professional cycling and I just love it. It wears off your legs in the first 6 hours, but nothing really happens and then you are challenged by the hardest hour of racing there is. Poggio is my favourite climb. If your position in the peloton is good enough at the bottom, you have a chance of being with the best at the top. I hope to win in Sanremo one day.
Your best or most memorable result in pro cycling?
The stage win in Giro was the most memorable and is my favourite win. It was a really hard day and despite the breakaway being caught halfway through the stage I never stopped believing I could win and pulled it off at the end.
What are your personal ambitions for the season?
I would like to try and win a one-day Classic and a Grand Tour stage.
What’s your favourite format of racing?
It’s the Grand Tours. I love the routine of racing for three weeks and I think it’s something special you cannot see in any other sport.
How did you develop strong descending skills?
When I was young I was constantly trying the limits and I still sometimes do in racing. I got good at understanding how fast I can go to still be within the laws of physics 🙂
Can you recall your fastest ever speed on your head unit?
It was over 120 kmh in Tour of Austria, in 2014.
Do you have any advice for the talented young riders stepping up into WorldTour teams?
If I could go back in time I would tell myself as a young pro to work hard, believe it pays off and try to improve your own performance step by step, not compare yourself against the others to often at the start.
What are your thoughts on the Merida Reacto you will be racing this season?
In my opinion it’s a great bike. It’s definitely the best bike I’ve ever raced on and I love it. It’s very fast, but still agile and not too heavy to climb well. It also looks great.
Benelux Tour - Stage 7 5th September, 2021,
Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa 31st July, 2021,
Tour de France - Stage 19 16th July, 2021,
Tour de France - Stage 7 2nd July, 2021,
National Championships Slovenia - Road Race 20th June, 2021,
Tour of Slovenia - Points classification 13th June, 2021,
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 7 28th March, 2021,
Tour de Pologne - Stage 7 9th August, 2019,
Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Challenge 8th October, 2017,
Vuelta a España - Stage 7 25th August, 2017,
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