Q. Jesse, congratulations on being promoted to the Radioshack squad! You’re going to be a stagier, what does this mean for the rest of your season?
A.It means that im riding for Radioshack for the remainder of the season to see how I cope with the level of racing.
Q. What was your reaction to the announcement, and who gave you the news?
A.It had been talked about for a while and it was Axel Merckx and Dirk Dermol who spoke to me at Olympias Tour in Holland in May about the end of the year opportunities.
Q. Since you joined the Under 23 Trek – Livestrong team last year, how hard have you worked to try and get an opportunity with the Radioshack squad?
A.Its always been a goal of mine to turn pro and theres been periods when I thought it wasn't achievable but the last 2 years being under the help and guidance of the Trek-Livestrong team and Axel Merckx has made it
Q. You have mentioned before about how much you have learned in the past year, do you think there will be much of an opportunity to try and utilise the experience of guys like Levi & Kloden in the upcoming races?
A.Yes thats true I've learnt a lot about myself and racing in the States and in Europe in the last 2 years, but I know I have alot to go and racing with the pro's is a completely different level. I am excited about the opportunity to race and learn with the riders from Radioshack as they're all great riders and I can learn a lot from them.
Q. With the Tour of Denmark coming up, how do you feel your form is going in
A.My season started early with road nationals in the first week of January, but I've just had a break at home in New Zealand and took a week off the bike, I then returned back to the States and raced the Cascade Classic, a 6
day tour, and have been training and feeling good so I hope my form is coming up and I will be at a good level to race well!
Q. What does it mean to you to ride with Radioshack for the rest of this season?
A.It means a lot, I like to see progression with training, power, everything as it's motivating so to race for the pro tour team Radioshack is huge for me and it's progression from the u23 team Trek Livestrong.
Q. What are your goals for your time in the Radioshack squad?
A.The main thing is to learn and see what it takes to be competitive in the pro ranks, I'm excited to see how a team like Radioshack work and the way they go about racing.
Q. Since the announcement, how many people have asked you to get Lance’s autograph!!??
A.Haha alot but fair enough really!
Q. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why??