Team: Team Sky
Favourite Movie: The Godfather
Favourite TV show: Entourage
SG: Well thanks. I am currently in
CT: Are you going to a training camp after the Spring Classics?
SG: Yeah, I will be spending most of May in
CT: Do you have some training partners to help you?
SG: I will train a bit with fellow Aussie Chris Legh, a good mate. There are always other Aussies in
CT: Did you learn much from them?
CT: Let’s talk more about the training camp in
SG: Just once but they are long rides, anywhere from 3 ½ to 5 ½ hours per day I spend on the bike.
CT: Does the altitude take much time to get used to?
SG: Yeah I take it quite easy the first week. The intensity is low. After this initial week is over I train harder for a few weeks, that is when the main training is done.
CT: What sort of training will you be focusing on during the camp?
SG: Mainly just strength work with minimal amounts of higher intensity stuff. I tend to do 2-3 days of hard training followed by a day of easier riding for recovery.
CT: Talk us through a typical day on camp.
SG: Since I am only doing the one ride per day I don’t get up all that early or go to bed all that early either. I wake up at a reasonable hour, have some breakfast, then hit the roads around . I ride for 3 ½ to 5 ½ hours. During the afternoon I might get a massage. On the easy recovery days I often go to the gym, but the gym workouts are quite light.
CT: What do the gym sessions consist of?
SG: Mainly just core work consisting of glutes, lower abdominal and stabilisation exercises. I don’t lift heavy weights, especially at this time of the year.
CT: What are your thoughts on Le Tour? You are no doubt expecting a start for Team Sky?
SG: The final team won’t be announced for quite some time. But I am confident that I will be on the team.
CT: What is your form like at the moment compared to previous years?
SG: In training the past few months I have been doing a lot more longer threshold rides and longer climbs than previous years. I haven’t done much high intensity explosive work. I think that this could disadvantage me in the Spring Classics, but in terms of my preparations for the Tour de France, I think that I am without a doubt fitter and stronger than ever, and that this year will hopefully be my best tour to date.
CT: Do you ever sleep in an altitude tent?
SG: Yes, I sleep in an altitude tent on and off. I think they work well and are obviously the best substitution for when I can’t be physically at altitude.
CT: How is life on the road treating you?
SG: Not too bad. I am still really enjoying living out of suitcases and spending most of the year travelling.
CT: There seems to be some very talented young Australian’s on the rise, what are your views as the reasons behind this?
SG: Cycling in
CT: Thanks for your time, good luck for the remaining Spring Classics. Hope to see a big Tour.