The Mental Challenges of Restarting the Pro Cycling Season

July 31, 2020
The Trek-Segafredo pro cycling team had a flying start at the beginning of this season until it all came to a halt due to coronavirus. With all the races dropped from the calendar and the uncertain times that followed, the mental challenge to keep the spirit alive was tough for both staff and riders. We spoke to Josu Larrazabal, head of performance for the team, on how difficult it was to keep the morale high during lockdown and what kind of new challenges lie in wait for the riders in the upcoming second part of the season.  
A flying start
Larrazabal has worked for the team since 2013 and takes care of all the multidisciplinary work for the staff and riders. In addition to a group of seven riders he coaches directly (both men and women), the Spaniard also coordinates and leads a group of coaches, doctors and the nutritionist.
Last season the team scored some good results with a victory in the Giro d’Italia and with Bauke Mollema winning Il Lombardia, one of…

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