I hope everyone had a great New Year, I really can’t wait for the 2015 season to get started. I had a lovely Xmas and NYE back in the UK before I head back to the Team Sky base in Mallorca for the rest of January. Got some good miles in today with Russ Downing and the weather was pretty good but a little on the chilly side !
As you may well of seen I returned to South Africa this November to ride with the Hot Chillee Team at the Coronation Double Century Race which is organised by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust and starts in Swellendam it’s a brutal 200km team time trial with over 250 teams and over 2,700 riders so a big old event.
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As autumn passes and winter closes in I hope you are all coping well with the colder weather and the lack of cycling to watch! Now the off season is upon us I thought It might be nice to give you a few of my thoughts and feelings about the 2014 season and also have a little look forward to 2015.
First up thanks for all the positive messages on my re – signing with Team Sky, the new contract has helped augment my current feeling of positivity!
I’m feeling good and It’s been great to get a full year of racing under my belt, by the time this season closes out I will have raced nearly 13,000KM.
Hi All, I’m really happy to announce my new 2 year contract with Team Sky…
I’ve been with Team Sky since the start and five years on it really does feel like home. To keep that
relationship going was really important so I’m delighted to be staying for another two years.
I already have one eye on next season and with this team I know I can deliver some good results.
I really do feel part of the foundations of this team, having grown up with so many of the riders
I’ve known many of them since the start of my career and have been guided by the likes of Sir Dave Brailsford and Rod Ellingworth for years, which has made me the rider I am today.
With the team’s support I’ve been able to grow and develop as a rider and by staying here I know that will continue.
Very happy to announce I’ve partnered with leading insurance brokers Stackhouse Poland for the year ahead. looking forward to it!
It’s a shame i could not take the win, but thanks for all the messages of support ! And well done to Adam and all who participated in the Sportive in shocking conditions. I’m now currently on my way back from Hamburg and the Vattenfall classics readying myself for a new block of training and end of season racing!
Its been a while since I have posted an update though I’m sure you can understand we are slap bang in the middle of the season now and the races and training are coming thick and fast!
First up I have to mention Froomey and how much I felt for him after he had to leave the Tour. Chris and the team had worked so hard to make sure that they were in the best shape to win again, but as a professional you have to be philosophical sometimes and this is bike racing! I’ve spoken about it a few times injuries, and crashes are just a part of the job and you get on with it. But there is no doubt not having Froomey and Cav at the Tour is disappointing for everyone and what with AC out now it should make for a very interesting race. So I wish Richie and the guys the best of luck and currently it looks like its shaping up very well for the team.