Philip Deignan Interview - Part 2
Roadcycling.com's Thomas A. Valentinsen talks with Cervelo TestTeam's Philip Deignan in Algarve, Portugal about riding for Cervelo TestTeam, his preparations and goals for the 2010 season, about almost quitting cycling, and about escaping to Europe without telling your parents.
Click here for part 1 of our interview with Philip Deignan (Cervelo TestTeam).
Returning to your current team, in your opinion how is Cervelo TestTeam more scientific and technological than previous teams you've been with?
In that we do so much testing with the equipment. We've really got the best of everything. The best bike, the best frame ( Cervelo), the best wheels ( Zipp), best components ( SRAM). Add the Castelli clothing and I think we just have that little bit extra of everything that gives us an additional advantage and a mental boost as well. Then you have the training as well. I have my own coach in Ireland and the team is always looking to see what sort of training you're doing and there's focus on the nutrition as well. For instance, before I joined Cervelo TestTeam I didn't really take any protein drinks and didn't focus a lot on nutrition. Now, as soon as I come home from a hard training session I take a ZipVit protein drink. It's small things like that which I didn't use to do before. I do so now with my new team.
Is there more attention to detail?
Yes. Going to bed early, getting a good night's sleep. All those small things that all make a big difference.
I've been told that you're hoping to be able to focus on one week stage races during the 2010 season. The spring season obviously features races such as the 2010 Paris-Nice and the 2010 Tirreno-Adriatico prominently in the race calendar. Also the Vuelta a Murcia. Why is it that you want to focus on one-week stage races this season?
Because they suit me better than any other races. Any race where I've done well has usually been a week long. So stage races seem to suit me. Up until the 2009 Vuelta a Espana I've always struggled really with three week tours because they are just so long and I usually had a bad day or two over the course of three weeks. This has changed a bit now, but I still think that the races best suited to me are about a week long.
Is this part of the reason why you've intensified your focus on time trial training in order to avoid time loss in this discipline?
Yeah, well that's always been a little bit my weakness as well, so I'm really going to start working on time trialing now. I don't think it was a mental weakness, just a physical one. I mean I'd just go out and ride as hard as I could, but I just wasn't fast enough. I might get nervous before a time trial, but sometimes that nervousness actually helps you go faster and it wasn't a hindrance to my time trial performance. Power and bike position are the main problems that I'm working on correcting. This year all Cervelo TestTeam riders are going to get a Cervelo P4 time trial bike for us to keep at home, which most of us didn't last year.