Describe how it's been preparing for a longer period than usual in Ecuador?
Good. I feel really comfortable while training there. I have all the facilities I can ask for: police, friends supporting me in the car and Ecuadorians cheering me like if I was racing. It pushes me a lot! When I won the Giro, I made my preparation there, so I think that things that work should never be changed.
Do you think training at this altitude could give you an advantage later in the season?
I think so and not only the altitude but the general hardness of my training sessions. I’m used to training in cold and rain, and that hardness that I add to my training I'm sure it will pay off later.
You did some amazing rides at high altitude in Ecuador. Do you enjoy this and how does it help you prepare?
As I have said before, the most important thing is that I really like cycling and my job, so I am also in love with my country and being able to climb those volcanoes that are the most famous in Ecuador is something incredible. The truth is that it was one of the best days that I have had on the bike.
How much fun did you have climbing on the volcano?
I enjoyed it a lot (and suffered a little bit). I can’t wait to do it again but for the next time I’d need the Grevil instead of the F12!
And did you expect the stats from your ride to be so popular on social media?
You helped on that sharing it. A lot of people shared it as well and asked for interviews. I’m glad because this action aroused a lot of interest in general in Europe, the United States and other countries, to come to Ecuador to cycle. That is something that makes me feel proud.