I haven’t been in the saddle at all since the Worlds race. Now the main thing is to get away from it all. That would of course have been a lot easier with a good result in Qatar. Naturally we wanted more and it is too bad that we had to lose this chance and end up more as viewers than participants. But we all have to forget about it now and move on.
I can personally look back positively to the World Championships with the team time trial title. It was great to win with the team. An unforgettable experience. And I was personally very happy about Tony’s ITT title. It was also a great good-bye performance from him.
I will now take off completely. The season was pretty long. All in all I am satisfied with the year. I fought my way back, brought in some wins, and am confident for next year.
After a few days’ rest I will travel to Japan for the Saitama Criterium and then a short vacation. On the one hand, you want to chill out as much as you can after a long season, on the other hand, you already are looking to the new season and want to prepare as well as possible. So my break won’t be all that long. I will keep you informed.