After your racing season, how many days of rest did you do? What does it mean to rest for you? Abandon the bicycle completely?
I had only 1 week completely off. This year I ended the season pretty early, this means that I also rode back on my bike early too. After the 1 week off, I spent more or less 1 month training in a light way.
What does It mean for you winter training? Only bike or some alternative sports?
I did not touch my bike for my week off, but for the off season usually I train on the bike like 50% of the time, and 50% in the gym or running mostly: not in an intense way, but in a way that helps me to have an athletic body, which is useful for a sprinter.
How much off-the-bike training do you do?
During off season, I do three times a week gym training, moreover I also do some running intervals. I also play 1 time a week some field hockey with the local bike club: nothing serious, just for fun an avoiding impacts.
What about your nutrition? Any particular attention or do you eat what you want?
I must take a bit care of the amount I am eating, but in general I eat what I want but not as much as I would like… I’m aware it is an important topic and I agree with the team about the key guidelines.
Final question. What’s your favourite on-the-bike workout in this winter time?
I like to ride my Colnago Prestige Cx bike in wood trails in the winter time. It is nice to have something else then asphalt under your wheels.