Nick Nuyens Interview
Interview with Team Saxo Bank-SunGard's 2011 Tour of Flanders winner Nick Nuyens.
as they were moving incredibly fast, but I kept screaming to myself "I must and I will!" I like the game first and foremost. I'm a tactical rider."
Are we going to see you in Paris-Roubaix sometime?
"I like to watch that race. Actually, I did it a couple of times but as I'm allergic to dust my chances of getting a good result in the race are slim. Ronde van Vlaandern and Amstel Gold Race are better fits."
What are your interests and hobbies?
"I always enjoyed playing soccer and when I finish my cycling career I'll probably take on recreational soccer again. I like to watch it and I have Anderlecht as my favorite team. As my disco days are well over having a wife, two kids and a third on its way, I prefer going to a nice restaurant to hang out with friends for a few hours."
Fabian Cancellara is called Spartacus - what should we call you?
"Well, I'm more of a tactical rider and people say that I have the talent to be at the right spot at the right time so they are calling me "The sniper." My force is my tactical skills."
How is life different now than before your Ronde van Vlaandern victory?
"All of a sudden, I seem to have a lot of friends. I know that everything goes up and down. When you're doing well, people are usually on your side, which is cool, but of course I'm aware that if I don't make those results, the same people will be gone. I know where I have my true support."
What do you think that makes riders grow and shine when they enter the Saxo Bank-SunGard team and - as some put it - makes them fade when they leave?
"There's a certain atmosphere in this team. There's something magical about being in this team that naturally makes you shine. Everybody's on this team because of their passion for cycling, their loyalty and their willingness to go in new directions and still not compromising the basics. Bjarne (Riis) knows that it's the small things that make a difference in the end and he pays attention to everything and to everyone on the team and that's getting the best out of me."