Robert Gesink: "I am still improving"

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10.01.2008/ Robert Gesink had an impressive first season. The 21 year old was RabobanK's captain at the Tour of Germany and the Tour of Poland after the Dutch rider rode very strong at the Tour of California and Fleche Wallonne. An interview with Robert Gesink.

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Robert Gesink during the Tour of Germany (© Heinz Zwicky)

Cyclingheroes: Last year was your first season with Rabobank's Pro-Tour team [In 2006 Gesink rode with the Rabobank continental team]. You rode very strong at Fleche Wallonne and the Tour of Germany....

Robert Gesink: Surely I was very good at the Fleche Wallonne [Gesink came in 9th, editor]. For me it was the first result that really counts. But I already showed myself at the front during the Tour of California. The Tour of Germany was really good as well [5th overall, editor] and I was still strong at the Tour of Poland [2th overall, editor]. I had a very consistent year. I think its very special for a young rider to ride with the consistency like I did in my first professional season. Its one of the most difficult things to do. To peak is not that difficult but to ride strong the whole year means a lot to me.

Cyclingheroes: Did you change your winter training in comparison to the time you were riding with Rabobank continental?

Robert Gesink: Not much. I still have the same trainer, Louis Delahaije who was already my trainer when I was riding with the continental team. So the kind of excersises I do did not change much. But I do train more, I am a young rider and still improving and my body can handle more now. Of course I started a little bit later this winter. I rode the Giro di Lombardi and I really needed 6 weeks rest. But I am on schedule and ready for the upcoming season.

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Robert Gesink was 2nd overall at the 2006 Tour de l'Avenir (© Cyclingheroes)

Cyclingheroes: What are your main goals for the upcoming season?

Robert Gesink: Next spring is very important for me: The Tour of basque country and of course the Ardennes classics. During the summer the Olympic Games and the Vuelta a Espana and the world championships. In between a lot of difficult races but these are the races I am focusing on.

Cyclingheroes: During the team presentation you were on stage with the so-called protected riders. Do you have a different role in the team?

Robert Gesink: Well.... I don't know. During the past season things changed very fast. In the beginning I did not know how my first season would be. After some good results I was captain in Germany and Poland. So it already changed during the past season and I think it will stay that way in the coming season.

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Robert Gesink
Birthdate: May 31, 1986
Place of Birth: Varsseveld, Netherlands
Height: 1.87 mtr
Weight: 68 kg.
Turned Pro at: 2007
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