Nick Nuyens Interview

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04/14/2011| 0 comments
by Roadcycling.com
Nick Nuyens celebrating his Tour of Flanders win on the podium. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Nick Nuyens celebrating his Tour of Flanders win on the podium. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Nick Nuyens Interview

Interview with Team Saxo Bank-SunGard's 2011 Tour of Flanders winner Nick Nuyens.

Interview with Team Saxo Bank-SunGard's 2011 Tour of Flanders winner Nick Nuyens.

What has been your biggest motivation in your training building up to this season? Have you done much differently this year in contrast to the past few seasons?

"To win Ronde van Vlaandern has always been a dream for me and was my major season goal this year. For a Belgian rider, Ronde van Vlaandern is the biggest one-day race there is. Usually, I'm doing the opening races in Omloop (Het Volk) and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, but this year I waited using Tirreno-Adriatico as my primary build-up race. Pino (team coach) has also played a crucial role for me and we have been working closely together in order to get where I am now. At the same time, I'm now with a team where my boss has told me not to worry about results. Bjarne knows how much I wanted this and he is giving me the confidence needed to believe in myself and to achieve it."

Why did you choose to join Saxo Bank-SunGard as opposed to another team?

"When I first talked to Bjarne, he told me that he would like to work with me opposed to other team leaders who have quite a different approach craving something before even signing. I felt Saxo Bank-SunGard was the natural choice because they acknowledge the fact that winning is only possible by way of cooperation and teamwork."

Are you considering participating in any races in Denmark, where your team's headquarters are located?

"If I get picked for the World Championships, then yes. I'm not sure if I'm going to be there for the Tour of Denmark this year. I did the Tour of Denmark in my non-pro season where my mum and aunt were eager to get Bjarne's autograph and they got it. And right after Tour of Flanders, they asked for another."

What is your next big goal and what are the criteria for success in that race?

"My next big goal is Amstel Gold Race 2011 this Sunday. If I do the race without making mistakes, I'll be content as I'm not expecting any certain position. If I win, that's super but I simply want to be happy about my own performance in general."

Who is your biggest opponent in Amstel Gold Race 2011?

"No one can do a finish like (Philippe) Gilbert so I have to get rid of him before the final. But it's all about keeping fresh and choosing the right moment to open up the race or sprint. But after 250 kilometers on a hilly course, an uphill finish will only suit the rider in the best condition anyway."

When did you realize the victory was well within reach in the Tour of Flanders?

"At Bosberg - on the last climb. I knew it was possible to take the win as the race was neutralized. In the final three kilometers, I was pretty sure my chances were good. I had to close the gap to Cancellara and Chavanel and I had to fight inch by inch

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