Team Sky's Thomas Löfkvist Looking Ahead

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03/18/2011| 0 comments
by Roadcycling.com
Thomas Lövkvist (Team Sky).
Thomas Lövkvist (Team Sky).

Team Sky's Thomas Löfkvist Looking Ahead

Team Sky's Swede Thomas Löfkvist is pleased with the way he has started his season and will be going all out again in the 2011 Milan San-Remo on Saturday to try and maximise Team Sky's chances of success. Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com for video highlights from Milano-San Remo 2011.

Team Sky's Swede Thomas Löfkvist is pleased with the way he has started his season and will be going all out again in the 2011 Milan San-Remo on Saturday to try and maximise Team Sky's chances of success. Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com for video highlights from Milano-San Remo 2011.

The Swede began his 2011 campaign by battling to sixth place overall at the Ruta del Sol last month and followed that up with another top-10 finish at Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old was using both races to build up his condition gradually ahead of a busy summer schedule and he admits he is right where he wants to be going into the first Monument of the cycling season.

He told us: "Yes, I have built up a really solid base now and I am very happy about that. Obviously, there is still some form lacking but everything is going according to plan.

"The Ruta del Sol was a really good start-up race and much harder than I expected it to be. That was a good thing though, and it helped me a lot going into Tirreno-Adriatico.

"In terms of Tirreno, everything was on a much larger scale and the competition was fiercer, which was not surprising given the level of prestige the race holds in Italy. It was another nice race to do though, and one with really hard finishes every day.

"It was encouraging for me to be up there in the standings and that spurred me on to give it my best shot. Unfortunately, the time splits weren't always on my side and I lost a couple of seconds where I perhaps shouldn't have, but in general I was very pleased with the way things went."

When Tirreno-Adriatico reached its conclusion on Tuesday, Löfkvist's attention quickly turned towards Milan-San Remo, and although the 298km trek across North-West Italy is not ideally suited to his more mountainous style, it is one that he still holds in very high regard.

He added: "I've ridden this race quite a few times before and it is one that I enjoy a lot. The length, history and speed of it is something which is always great to be part of and hopefully we can give it a really good go this year.

"Our preparation has been pretty thorough; we went down to San Remo before the start of Tirreno to have a look at the last 100km of the course, so we know what is to come and how best to approach it.

"Obviously, having ridden it about five times already, I'm starting to know the key climbs pretty well now but it's always good to refresh your memory in a race as important as this.

"Positioning is so important coming into those climbs, and you have to look at the run-ins to them closely, whilst also memorising the descents. There is often a lot of nervousness within the peloton at those times so you have to know what you are doing."

Löfkvist's role in Milan-San Remo will be to support Edvald Boasson Hagen in

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