Tom Danielson Interview
Success has taken Tom to the top of the 'Next Lance Armstrong' list.
or a bad thing? Would you prefer to see a smaller, but more elite pro scene?
TD: I like that concept of more teams. We need more teams to get more development. All teams have to start out somewhere and I feel some of these new teams will become the next Saturn's. Just look at Health Net. They started out small and now they are a true force in US pro cycling.
IM: Who do you consider to be your main rival in the
TD: I would say Prime
IM: Is there another rider coming through who you think we should keep an eye out for?
TD: I'm so new that I don't think I am the best guy to ask, but I think my teammate Phil Ziajcek is ready to win some races. For what I have heard he has been constantly improving over the years, and from what I have seen he is one of the most talented riders out there. Watch out for him at
IM: Looking ten years down the line, what do you hope to have achieved in road racing?
TD: I don't want to say too much, but it has to do with a certain race in
IM: How are things now you're back from the peace race - I've read that you and Nathan O'Neill both took sick?
TD: Getting better...It was discouraging to go over to a race that suits you with good form and get sick. Then travel home sick. That was tough. But I feel that my second place at TT nationals and winning the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and breaking the 7 year-old record shows that I am resilient and can bounce back.
IM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Roadcycling.com Tom and good luck for the rest of your season.
Interview by Ian Melvin ( Cycletw@aol.com).
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