"I’m super excited to get back to racing, it’s like back to work, exciting to see how all the hard work in the winter has paid off. I feel like I’ve been pushing a bit less than the previous years, which means I feel fresh both mentally and physically, so I'm really excited to see the differences that will bring. I know how it works, it’s not my first season, I’m not a neo-pro, I’m looking forward to getting back on the bus with the boys, that’s a great feeling.
"Personally I really hope for a better season than last year, in 2020 I had a bad crash at the Tour and it took me some time to come back, and then I got a hit in the Giro last year as well, I struggled mentally with that, I had a bit of a rough time during the summer. But, I think I really bounced back towards the end of the season, I really started to enjoy the racing. I had a great Vuelta, then finished really well at the Italian Classics, I ended the season in a great mental state, feeling really motivated for the 2022 season before the off-season.
"This season I need more consistency at a higher level, I really want to step forward and be stronger at the top end level more often. I’ve started having fun racing and I think it’ll be the same this year too. I really want to get back to winning this year, once you get one once, then it helps drive the motivation levels, raising your hands in the air is the best feeling in cycling, I really do miss it, I’ve almost forgotten how good it is.
"There have been a few things that I have reflected on this year, there have been a few changes at the end of last season, change of coach, and mentally I have changed my approach, not only just in cycling, a bit more to life really. I’m trying to teach myself to be more calm, more relaxed, a bit less harsh on myself, maybe in the past I’ve always thought more is better which is not always the case. I wouldn't say I took it easier this off season, but I’ve definitely been kinder to myself and given myself some proper downtime, and I’m feeling fresher for it. It’s a demanding sport and I did doubt myself quite a lot after my crash in the Giro, I lost a bit of confidence, but now I feel like I’m getting it back. I’m hoping that getting back to racing will help confirm this, I’m really looking forward to 2022, I also think that this year the group is in a good space. I have a good feeling."