Matt Wilson Interview
Matt reflects on a season which has so far included two three-week tours and a handful of world cup races for the Australian champion.
Matt Wilson?s season began back in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
What makes Matt?s story all the more amazing is that just a few years ago, when part of the Italian-based Australian U23 team, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin?s disease - cancer of the lymph glands. Through months of suffering, he took inspiration from the children around him in the hospital ward. After recovering, the now 26 year old decided to chase his dreams and returned to his bike and racing.
We managed to catch up with Matt at his base in
IM: After the success FDJeux.com experienced in last year?s Tour de France, how do you feel about this year?s race? Brad withdrew due to injury and then
MW: It would be impossible to expect that every year is going to be as good as or better than the last. Everyone has ups and downs, but I think that what you do when you?re down counts for a lot as well. Maybe on the scoreboard it was an unsuccessful Tour de France, but I think myself and
IM: Was it difficult to cope with the loss of your team leader and close friend so early in the race? Was placing Brad high on GC a major objective of the team after his Giro performance? How easy is it for a team to adapt its tactics when in that situation?
MW: It was a massive blow to lose Brad and it did affect the whole team and especially
IM: How has it felt carrying