David Zabriskie Interview

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01/12/2005| 0 comments
by Tommy W. Murphy and Ian Melvin
Dave Zabriskie. Photo copyright Roadcycling.com.
Dave Zabriskie. Photo copyright Roadcycling.com.

David Zabriskie Interview

We caught up with David for a quick chat shortly before he left to meet up with his new teammates.

Winner of stage 11 at last year?s Vuelta a Espana and the US National Time Trial Championships and 5th place at the World Time Trial Championship in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
sealed a successful season for American David Zabriskie.  It proved to be a magnificent return to winning ways for the 26 year old after suffering two potential career-ending crashes in the previous ten months. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>


2005 will see the former US Postal rider line-up for Bjarne Riis and his Danish CSC team.  ?I want to thank Johan and everyone that has helped me over the years?I?m excited for the change but will miss the Postal family,? he told riiscycling.com, the teams official website.  ?It?s time for a change.  I always hear that change is good and there is no better team for me.  I like Riis? unique approach to the sport and the willingness of the guys on the team to race hard.?


?I look forward to 2005.  The new team has provided me with added motivation and my 04 results have ingrained a great sense of confidence. Winning in
was a great feeling; one that I want more of.?


We caught up with David for a quick chat shortly before he left to meet up with his new teammates for the first time at the now legendary army-influenced Team CSC pre-season get together.


First, congratulations on a great season.



You?ve had quite the year with your 1st place at the US National Time Trial Championships, your stage 11 win at the Vuelta Espana and now the recent change to Team CSC. Looking back at your season, what do you consider the highlights of your year?

The highlight of the year was the National Time Trial, with that win it gave me a lot of confidence and motivation to finish up the season strong.


Any lows?

I had a pretty bad crash at
.  It was a real low point.


In 2002 you helped Roberto Heras ride to his second overall Vuelta victory whereas this year there wasn't really an obvious and established Grand Tour leader for USPS. How was your Vuelta experience this year?

Actually when I rode it with Roberto he lost to Aitor Gonzalez.   I missed the race in 2003 when he won it for a second time.   This year it was a lot of fun, much more freedom to do whatever you felt like.   And we were very motivated as a team to have a good showing at the Vuelta.



In 2005 you will be riding for Team CSC. What will you miss the most about US Postal?

I will miss all the people at US Postal ... I made some great friends there.  


In what ways do you expect your switch to Team CSC to affect your career, and why did you choose Team CSC?

I?m sure it will have a positive effect on my career.   I choose Team CSC because I felt that they had the best program to suit


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