Live Coverage of 2016 Giro d'Italia Countdown - Day 2
Giro d'Italia 2016 Countdown
- Giro d’Italia 2016 preview: A race of discovery
- Cancellara hit by stomach flu ahead of Giro d'Italia
- Complete guide to following the Giro d'Italia 2016
- Giro d'Italia 2016: 10 riders to watch - Video
- Uran: This is my best chance to win the Giro d'Italia
- Follow the 2016 Giro d'Italia with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app
- Three years on, Nibali once again Giro d’Italia favourite
#AskFabian Training Tips? Or Off-Season tips— Young Budweiser ® (@kevin_wasabi) May 4, 2016
For regular cyclists I think the most important off-season tip is to make sure that you have a good rest. It's the off-season so don't treat it like July or the spring. Another idea would be find alternative sports. You want to stay fit, in a general way, and doing nothing isn't going to help your body. You don't want to lose all your fitness, so try running or a bit of mountain biking. Have three or four weeks off the bike though, because sometimes what you really need more than anything is that mental rest, instead of a physical one for your body.
That's really good question. I actually remember this because it's something Bradley Wiggins recently said and I have to agree. It was maybe the Tour of California, a few years ago, when the Canadian rider, Rollin won the stage from Seaside to San Luis Obispo. I think it was 2008. It was such a hard day in the weather, so hard. Riders were stopping all over the road.
Oh wow. I think what I miss the most is the fun factor within cycling. The sport now is too much about numbers and data. That's the way it is but when I grew up in cycling it wasn't about crazy numbers or data, it was more about a love of cycling and passion. I still have that but the sport has changed a bit in that way.
That's a really difficult one. I've roomed with so many riders over the years but if your'e going to put me on the spot then I would have to say either Stuart O'Grady or Yaroslav Popovych. They were probably my favourites. I got along with them and they gave me a lot of support and we had a lot of good talks over the years. Stuey had some experience and Popo has worked with so many big riders, so there was a great mix there. We also talked about a lot of things other than cycling. The main thing though was that we got on really well.
Do you mean my to do list? Well in the winter time I want really go skiing. That's a big one on my list. I also want to get used to my 'second life', you know, do all the things like spend time with my family and friends at the weekends. That's something that's hard to do when you're a rider and at races all the time. I'm really looking forward to that.
Fabian Cancellara is now with us and will be answering some of your questions via Twitter.
Last night we also caught up with Matt White from Orica GreenEdge. He's here with a few objectives - Chavez for the GC and Ewan for the sprints. Here's what he had to say on the young sprinter in his team.
“Where he will be going into unchartered territory is backing up day in, day out,” White said of Ewan’s Giro start. “He has proved over shorter kilometres and shorter races that he can do it, but the Giro is obviously another step up. He has a big first week of the Giro kilometre wise and [with] transfers. It will be good for him and an eye opener for him.”
The full yarn, is right here.
The race starts on Friday with the 9.8km time trial and the biggest news of the day so far is that Fabian Cancellara has been hit by a stomach bug. He no longer has a fever but surely this will hamper his chances of pulling on pink tomorrow.
We'll have a Q&A with him later today but here's what he had to say on the recent illness when we called him.
“It’s not the best situation but we’re working on it,” Cancellara told Cyclingnews from his team hotel on Thursday morning.
"Yesterday in training I had strange feelings, I felt tired and had some joint pains. Then, after training I went into my room and I was more a guest of the toilet than the hotel. Last night, I had a fever and it’s not the best situation regarding tomorrow. I’ll rest and we’ll see what comes.”
The full story is right here.
Hello and welcome to our second day of counting down to the 2016 Giro d'Italia.