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He's a rider I like. He was a blast some years ago and almost a twin with Vincenzo Nibali at Team Liquigas, then he lost a bit his way and finally found it again at Saxo-Tinkoff /Tinkoff-Saxo with Alberto Contador. I must admit that Bijarne Riis has got a good eye for talents and also a good ear to understand their need, not only in terms of squad and bike.
Contador's best man in big and short tours, Roman Kreuziger is could be a better card than him in Classics. Team Tinkoff asked him few questions about his shape and goals.
A. “I mean, with Alberto everyone wants do their best and that’s what we did in Pais Vasco. He knows exactly how to motivate the team riders and staff members and for me as a road captain, it’s a pleasure to work with him. Of course, sometimes I see things differently than him but we talk a lot both between and during the stages. The biggest surprise to me during Pais Vasco was the pace during the race. It was really tough and I suffered quite a lot."
Q. How is your form coming along?
“To be honest, I wasn’t at my best in Pais Vasco so it was hard for me but I’m sure that the race pace and the following recovery time will do me a lot of good. In the classics you need good shape - but also a lot of luck,”
Q. Do you feel ready for Amstel?
“I don’t feel at my best yet but you never know. Even last year at this time, I felt really bad and at the end I won anyway. But I'm confident in terms of doing Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne. Rory (Sutherland), Karsten (Kroon), Nicki (Sørensen) and I are ready, experienced and I'm sure that you gonna see our Tinkoff jersey there.”