Philip Deignan Interview - Part 1

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03/10/2010| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Philip Deignan interview. Photo by Tim de Waele.
Philip Deignan interview. Photo by Tim de Waele.

Philip Deignan Interview - Part 1

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.

Irish all-rounder Philip Deignan enjoyed a breakout season in his first year with Cervelo TestTeam. After a promising amateur career followed by years of injuries and other hardships, Deignan finally generated some well-deserved results in his fifth season as a pro cyclist. 26-year-old Deignan rode in support of Cervelo TestTeam captain and Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre in the 2009 Giro d'Italia before taking full advantage of his opportunity to shine as a GC rider in the 2009 Vuelta a Espana. With a string of solid performances in key stages, he won a two-man battle into Avila in the final week of the Vuelta to claim Ireland's first grand tour stage victory since 1992 and finish 9th in the overall rankings.

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.

How has the Cervelo TestTeam training camp here in Portugal been for you?

So far it's been perfect. I've gotten some good rides in already and we've got two weeks here altogether so it's like the only time of the year when we can ride as one big group. Most teams split into different groups. A classics group and a group for the climbers, but here we're all riding together. So it's nice that we all get to talk with each other for some of the guys you don't see for the rest of the year. For instance the classics riders. So it's definitely been good so far.

Is this important for the team spirit?

The biggest thing here is the team bonding. The training is important as well, but I think the thing that was special about this team last year was that we all got on so good and that we're all friends so this made us ride better as a group. Normally it takes a couple of years for a big group to gel together but for this team it just happened straight away.

Why do you think that is?

I think it's the group of riders that the team chose. It's a good group of guys with good personalities. We all got on really well so it was just a good choice that was made by the Cervelo TestTeam team management.

What work have you been doing on and off the bike lately?

Well I had five weeks completely off the bike after the 2009 Tour of Lombardy because I was pretty tired after a long season that included the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. Then I started doing a bit of work in the gym and a little bit on the bike, but it hasn't been too hectic so far. It's just been base miles and endurance work. I spent three days in Basel with the rest of the team in December. We had some good times there with some good nights out and also underwent some physical tests, medical check-ups and got fitted

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