Jeremy Hunt, Juan Antonio Flecha, Peter Kennaugh and David Brailsford of Team Sky joined us live from the squad’s training camp in Majorca this afternoon to answer your questions.

We invited readers to ask the team questions – Brailsford and the riders then took it in turns to respond to your queries.

You can re-read the whole webchat by activating the window below and scrolling through the text. Alternatively, there’s a text transcript from the coverage at the bottom of the page.

Rider profiles:



Jeremy Hunt: Rider Profile



Peter Kennaugh: Rider Profile



Juan Antonio Flecha: Rider Profile

Transcript

Cycling Weekly: Live webchat with Team Sky

(01/21/2011)

Friday January 21, 2011

11:43



Friday, 21 January 2011

Welcome to Cycling Weekly’s live web chat with Team Sky.

Members of the team will be logging on from 6pm (UK time) to answer your questions.

Please feel free to leave your questions below.

Friday January 21, 2011 11:43

3:43



We’ll be kicking off shortly with Team Principal Dave Brailsford how we have here for 20-30 minutes, then we’ll bring Pete Kennaugh in followed by the Spanish bull Juan Antonio Flecha and finally British stalwart Jeremy Hunt.

Friday January 21, 2011 3:43

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Bit of background for you…….. Team Sky are staying in Alcudia on the Balearic island of Majorca. The GB team are here as well with the men’s and women’s endurance track teams.

Riders have been coming and going since the beginning of December and will be until the end of January.

Friday January 21, 2011 3:49

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*Breaking news* Before we get started there’s some breaking news coming out of the GB camp. Young Katie Colclough has recently signed for the women’s HTC-Highroad team.

Friday January 21, 2011 3:58

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Colclough joins a growing group of British cyclists competing in the women’s professional ranks. And of course HTC is one of the teams to join.

There’s a story coming soon here on the Cycling Weekly website.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:00

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Keep the questions coming in, Dave Brailsford is on his way (he’s a bit busy, there’s over 20 staff here at the moment and at least 30 riders).

Friday January 21, 2011 4:02

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[Comment From Guest Guest : ]

Question for Dave – were you surprised not to get an invitation to the Strade Bianchi?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:03 Guest

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Dave Brailsford: Yes it was quite a surprise and quite disappointing too given that Thomas Lovkvist was second last year and won the year before. The decision can’t be based on a performance basis.

Sky Italia, Pinarello, Deda and Prologo are all key Italian partners of ours, so we’re left a little bewildered to understand this decision. We’ve chased it up with RCS and their claim is that it’s due to the 40% rule in 1.1 races. 14 teams, 7 of which are World Tour teams and the rest are Pro Continental.

The best response to this as always would be a great performance in Tirenno and let the legs do the talking.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:06

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[Comment From john adams john adams : ]

What advice would you give to a junior rider who has missed out on the bcf development programs but is very close if not better at times than the riders on it, on following the goal of being a pro?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:06 john adams

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Dave Brailsford: There are several riders who’ve successfully made it in to the pro ranks, who have not been on BC development programs, so don’t despair. We work hard at selection but everyone develops at different rates and an attitude can also take you a very long way.

Keep believing in your own ability, work hard and train hard and the rewards will come.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:08

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[Comment From mc_mountain mc_mountain : ]

Do pro riders look at the cq rankings website (i have a team in a fantasy game that revolves around CQ ranking points – my team includes Peter).

Friday January 21, 2011 4:09 mc_mountain

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Dave Brailsford: WIthout doubt the cq ranking website is a great source of information and it’s followed closely by riders and team managers. It’s interesting to get a riders full history and monitor progression while it’s also interesting to compare different groups for example climbers to climbers or sprinters to sprinters.

it’s good for tracking the development of young riders the only drawback is that it’s quite addictive. You can spend way too long analysing it.

Check it out at www.cqranking.com

Friday January 21, 2011 4:11

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Friday January 21, 2011 4:12

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[Comment From James Brewster James Brewster : ]

To Dave, it was the success of the track team at the Olympics that made me get cycling. Cannot get enough of it! In what other ways are you looking to promote the sport/team in order to raise the bar even further in terms of people getting out cycling?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:12 James Brewster

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Dave Brailsford: First of all it’s great that you’ve got involved in our sport, you’re not alone as so many people of different ages an ability are now taking up cycling. I think it’s important for us to recognise the role that both the GB team and Team Sky has in trying to inspire greater participation in cycling, across the board.

Sky’s main reason for partnering with BC and Team Sky is to elevate both awareness and participation across the board. They have invested greatly in the city centre Sky Rides and Sky Local rides to encourage families and people of all ages and abilities to ride their bikes and have fun.

In conclusion, I think it’s fair to say that we are very lucky to be enjoying the biggest level of support and investment that the sport has ever had and lets not forget the contribution of the fantastic group of riders that we currently have in the UK from Nicole Cooke, Emma Pooley to Chris Hoy, Mark Cavendish, Brad and Steve Peat in downhilling and Shanaze in BMX.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:19

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[Comment From Brian Brian : ]

Are you bothered by the number of black, blue and white jerseys in the bunch this year?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:19 Brian

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Dave Brailsford: It’s more disappointing than anything else as with all new teams there’s an opportunity to create a completely new and different identity. The key thing is that it is important for fans and everyone else to differentiate clearly between each team when the racing is fully on. Confusion in identifying riders will lead to less enjoyment.

Why Garmin dropped their fantastically unique Argyle and got as close as you can possibly get to our jersey, I will never know.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:22

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[Comment From AntiTeamSky AntiTeamSky : ]

Question for Dave – You say that the for the riders to perform best they need to be given all everything they need to be at the top of their ability. Do you agree that they do not need their Team Principal telling the media that Team Sky will win the Tour De France with a British Rider. Surely this just puts far too much pressure on the riders?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:23 AntiTeamSky

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Dave Brailsford: Hi AntiTeamSky actually there’s a big difference between setting an aspirational goal as against telling the riders that this is what they have to do. With the riders the approach we take is to encourage them to be the best that they can be, as they are ultimately in control of this.

It’s an approach that has worked very successfully with the British team and one which we firmly believe in. P.S. What would it take to make you pro Team Sky? What about a day at a race with us?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:26

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[Comment From colin colin : ]

what is the future for the BC academy now max has gone?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:27 colin

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Dave Brailsford: With Max moving on, Chris Newton has now taken up the coaching responsibility for the men’s Endurance Academy. I believe it was time to freshen up our approach and make sure that the key track component remains strong through the winter.

I believe the Academy will continue to go from strength to strength, indeed just yesterday our young Academy team competing at the Beijing track WC rode a 4-05.010 min (team pursuit) which is a new Academy record.



Young riders like Sam Harrison look to have terrific futures ahead of them whilst I’d be very surprised if Luke Rowe doesn’t find himself with a pro contract at the end of this year.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:32

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Righto, Dave’s moving on now and making room for Pete Kennaugh. He wants to answer all your questions though, so we’ll print some more and get him to answer them at a later date.

We’ll do that later, as now we have Pete joining us.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:34

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Pete is 21 and, like Mark Cavendish is from the Isle of Man. He’s just about to start his second season with Team Sky after coming through the BC track program.

Fire away……

Friday January 21, 2011 4:35

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Friday January 21, 2011 4:36

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[Comment From Michielveedeebee Michielveedeebee : ]

What will be the goals for Peter this year? Will it be about gaining some more climbing experience or will it be about getting results in weeklong stage races and GT’s?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:36 Michielveedeebee

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Pete Kennaugh: Firstly it’s about gaining not just climbing experience but experiencing stage races generally and hopefully finishing a Grand Tour.

I’ve got the Vuelta on my program this year.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:37

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[Comment From Don Turnbull Don Turnbull : ]

Pete, what’s the biggest lesson you learned in 2010?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:38 Don Turnbull

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Pete Kennaugh: I think the training, with it being my first year pro I felt I trained too hard too early so I was going well for the first training camp but by half way through the season I felt really fatigued, physically and mentally so this year I’m doing it more progressively and also adding track back in to my race and training program.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:40

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[Comment From Yogi Yogi : ]

Do you recommend busting a move to some pumping music as a warm up for every race?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:40 Yogi

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Pete Kennaugh: Why not, whatever floats your boat! If you’re that excited, pull out some moves.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:41

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….. continued. A lot of time it does get like that on the bus with some good dance beats and all the positive energy.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:41

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[Comment From Biggus Davus Biggus Davus : ]

Hi Peter, do you have any of the Classics on the horizon this year? If so which ones, and which ones would you most like to participate in?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:41 Biggus Davus

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Pete Kennaugh: I have the Italian ones at the end of the year, Lombardia which hopefully I can do a good job in. It’ll depend how I come out of the Vuelta, being my first Grand Tour.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:42

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[Comment From Jon Cannings Jon Cannings : ]

What one piece of advice would you offer to be a junior looking to follow in your footsteps?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:43 Jon Cannings

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Pete Kennaugh: Make the most of living at home and enjoying your life outside of the sport. Work hard, play hard. When I was a junior, I always had a balanced lifestyle, which always left me keen for racing and motivated to go out there and race as hard as I could.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:44

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[Comment From Jon Cannings Jon Cannings : ]

What’s your favourite piece of Team Sky issue kit?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:44 Jon Cannings

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Pete Kennaugh: Probably the Pinarello bike and the Oakley sunglasses.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:45

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[Comment From Austin Austin : ]

Hi Pete. How do you see your style developing – GT contender perhaps?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:45 Austin

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Pete Kennaugh: That’s a question I ask myself. I think still being young it’s hard to pin point exactly what races are going to suit me, I definitely like the stage races and have a lot of them on my calendar. They’re something I’m getting more and more used to doing, however on the road I don’t think I will truly develop until later on in my career, in terms of long stage races.

I think a lot of people think you can become a stage race rider out of nothing, you have to ride them to develop yourself, physically.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:48

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[Comment From Kevin Kevin : ]

I’m entering my very first 75miler later in June what would be your 3 top tips for succesfully finishing it…

Friday January 21, 2011 4:48 Kevin

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Pete Kennaugh: Just riding your bike as consistently as possible, there’s no point doing a five to six hour bike ride and having to take a week off because you’re so wrecked after it.

Buy Cycling Weekly (thanks Pete – Ed)

Make sure you’re fresh leading in to it, for example, don’t train hard the week before and keep well fuelled throughout the race. It’s easy to get distracted once you’ve started racing so keep eating and drinking.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:53

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[Comment From Dan J Dan J : ]

Hi Pete. What are your favourite tips for getting rid of boredom on those dragging turbo sessions? Best of luck for the upcoming season.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:53 Dan J

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Pete Kennaugh: I’d say it’s best to do structured turbo sessions so the time passes quicker and also good music that you enjoy listening to. Friends of mine are developing a DVD for turbo sessions. It should be on sale sometime this year.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:55

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[Comment From jc jc : ]

What are your views on an u23 national road champs as a separate race?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:55 jc

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Pete has been on the podium of the national champs for the last three years.

Pete Kennaugh: Personally since I’ve turned U23 I’ve always wanted a shot of winning the senior national title. Personally I think the U23 title is a consolation prize – everyone’s a senior. How it is is the best way, it makes for a better race in the senior nationals and the U23 prize still gets awarded.

As a first year amateur you get to race against all the top British pros – what more do you want?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:57

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[Comment From neil neil : ]

hi Peter, do you miss IOM, being away so much, majorca or NSC gates in the freezing cold tomorrow morning?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:58 neil

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Pete Kennaugh: That’s a good question, a very good question. NSC Gates every time. Coffee and cake at Geoff’s, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Friday January 21, 2011 4:59

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[Comment From colin colin : ]

how hard did you find the transition from been a amatuer to pro?

Friday January 21, 2011 4:59 colin

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Pete Kennaugh: Yes. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The speed the pros go up climbs is a different level to the amateurs.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:00

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[Comment From Dave/TSF Dave/TSF : ]

Peter: you performed strongly in the Crieterium Dauphine last year, top 50 most days if I recall. Is the Dauphine on your list for this year, and if so, is that the sort of race you really want to target over the next few years.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:01 Dave/TSF

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Pete Kennaugh: Yeah, it’s one of my main targets, we have a really strong team there and I’d like to be on my best form to play a strong performing role or take the opportunity for myself.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:02

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Thanks to Pete Kennaugh for joining us. Next we have Juan Antonio Flecha joining us, so keep your questions coming in.

For now we’re going to print some of those extra questions for Dave Brailsford to answer. He’ll get to them ASAP.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:05

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[Comment From Phil - North Pennines Phil - North Pennines : ]

Last year in Tour of Oman, I think, Team Sky were in a very strong position but from what I read, the rest of the peloton were a bit upset by a big surge in the feed station. They seemed to take revenge and Sky lost the lead. Was it hard to be accepted as a brand new team? Do you still feel like newbies or are you now at one with the peloton (or is there any oneness in the peloton)

Friday January 21, 2011 5:06 Phil – North Pennines

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[Comment From thebroomwagon thebroomwagon : ]

How do you rate Wiggins chances of sucess in a grand tour this season?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:06 thebroomwagon

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[Comment From John John : ]

Hello….question: apart from the riders, who would you say are the most important members of the team as a whole? As in, who could you not function without effectively….

Friday January 21, 2011 5:06 John

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[Comment From Les Les : ]

Do Sky as the main sponsor have any input into which races the team takes part in?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:06 Les

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[Comment From Matt Adams Matt Adams : ]

How do you keep motivation high, during dip’s?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:07 Matt Adams

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[Comment From Dave/Tsf Dave/Tsf : ]

Dave B: Do you pay any attention to negative press, or does it go over your head, are the riders effected by what they read in the press or see on tv?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:07 Dave/Tsf

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[Comment From stuart wilson stuart wilson : ]

its seems the tour de france is won or lost on the mountain stages, what can team sky do differently this year to be succesful in this area.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:07 stuart wilson

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Juan Antonio Flecha, Team Sky

Friday January 21, 2011 5:08

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[Comment From Flashing Pedals Flashing Pedals : ]

David Brailsford – how would you solve the major issues between the UCI and race organisers?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:08 Flashing Pedals

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[Comment From DaveS DaveS : ]

What are the two biggest mistakes you think that Sky made last season, that you have learned from?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:08 DaveS

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[Comment From AntiTeamSky AntiTeamSky : ]

Thanks for the reply. I am very supportive of the Team but I am worried but some of the decisions by the management. Why did you not set up a Women’s team? Was it due to pressure from Sky? And do you think that all Pro Teams should have to set up a Women’s Team?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:08 AntiTeamSky

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[Comment From Ian.S Ian.S : ]

which riders are next on your shopping list? cav?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:09 Ian.S

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Bit of background for you folks, Juan Antonio Flecha turned pro in 2000 with Relax Fuenlabrada and he’s just turned down the offer of a jacuzzi to be with you guys.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:13

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[Comment From Leif Leif : ]

Flecha – will you and Edvald co-lead at the classics this year or will you be the absolute leader?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:13 Leif

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JAF: We will co-lead, Eddy and me are going well, but there’s G going well in the TDU, Stannard is looking strong, so we’ll have a strong team and depending on the race and how we feel we’ll decide then. It’s not just Edvald and me.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:15

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[Comment From Flashing Pedals Flashing Pedals : ]

Race radios – good or bad ? do you think its valid to say, they can detratc from racing ? or do you believe that they are necessary for…. what exactly?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:15 Flashing Pedals

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JAF: There’s a lot going on about this. I don’t want to add more sh*t about this.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:16

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[Comment From Dave/TSF Dave/TSF : ]

JAF: Theres a lot being made that Cancellara may be targetting the Ardennes this year rather than the cobbled classics. Do you think he can win any of those, and would it dissapoint you not to be racing against him in flanders/roubaix if that is the case?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:16 Dave/TSF

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JAF: Fabian is able of doing lots of things. For me in cycling there is two big names, one is Contador and one is Fabian. He’s able to win a race like Amstel of course I understand once he’s achieved all the cobbled classics he wants to focus on something else.

At the same time I like to be challenging the best riders on the cobblestone classics, of course I’d miss him if he’s not there.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:18

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[Comment From Flashing Pedals Flashing Pedals : ]

electronic gears or “manual”

Friday January 21, 2011 5:18 Flashing Pedals

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JAF: Electronic, definitely. It’s faster and the performance of shifting stays the same throughout a race.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:19

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[Comment From Alex Murray Alex Murray : ]

Juan Antoni, does Brad ever call you “Norman Stanley” in tribute to Ronnie Barker’s iconic role in the series Porridge?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:19 Alex Murray

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JAF: I’ve heard about it. He also calls me The Fonz. I call Bradley John Lennon. I was already doing that when he was in Cofidis.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:20

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[Comment From Stefano Stefano : ]

J-A, you started 2010 in great shape. How do you compare this year, are you equally ready?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:21 Stefano

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JAF: I’m again in great shape and lets say all these years in pro cycling they also teach you how to be in good shape.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:21

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[Comment From Wendy Wendy : ]

A question for Flecha, Jeremy and Peter – which race are you looking forward to the most this season?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:21 Wendy

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JAF: Both Flanders and Roubaix.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:22

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[Comment From AJ AJ : ]

Flecha why is it there are not more spanish cobblestone riders ? Alos wiill you be winning Paris-Roubaix next year !

Friday January 21, 2011 5:22 AJ

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JAF: You should ask that to other riders. I’m bored of answering this question, it’s one I’ve answered many times.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:23

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[Comment From Austin Austin : ]

Hi J-A. Has joining Team Sky added anything to your training regime – a more scientific approach etc?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:24 Austin

5:24



JAF: Yeah, there’s a lot of people working behind us and I still remember the first time I met with the team it was really clear the main goal of Team Sky was making us the riders perform better.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:24

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[Comment From paul burgoine paul burgoine : ]

for all do you think a cross racer could win flanders or roubaix maybe Nys

Friday January 21, 2011 5:25 paul burgoine

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JAF: The only thing in common is the skills you need, but a cross race is just a one hour effort and in a classic it’s a lot more. There’s no reason why someone is not able, no matter where they come from, as long as someone really feels and trusts how he wants to focus the rest of his career, nothing can stop you.

It’s about being determined on the classics. I don’t think the classics understand whether you are Spanish or not, whether you are a cross rider or not. A classic just asks for determination, no matter where you come from.

If you want to be a classics rider, you should be 100% focused on being a classics rider, no matter your background.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:28

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[Comment From I team I team : ]

Juan , I hope u would agree with me that it is NoT all about numbers from training riders , it’s about that magic a rider brings too to the team with cannot be measures by watts

Friday January 21, 2011 5:29 I team

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Juan Antonio Flecha attacks, Het Nieuwsblad 2010

Friday January 21, 2011 5:29

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JAF: It’s about enjoying your riding and there’s no better feeling than feeling fit and exhausted after what you’ve done and watts and numbers are more information about what you are doing. but nothing can match how great it feels to ride a bike.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:30

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[Comment From Flashing Pedals Flashing Pedals : ]

what’s the greatest change (for the better) you have seen in cycling

Friday January 21, 2011 5:31 Flashing Pedals

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JAF: The way the teams are working at the moment, I think cycling is becoming more and more a team sport.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:31

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[Comment From Dave/TSF Dave/TSF : ]

JAF: By the other token, (cross v classics), have you ever done any cross races, is it something you would be interested in doing, or are you more suited to endurance races.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:32 Dave/TSF

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JAF: I love mountain biking, I love cross riding and it would be nice someday to participate in a cross or mtb world cup. They’re are fun disciplines of cycling, also BMX.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:33

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[Comment From Flashing Pedals Flashing Pedals : ]

Your in a break with Boonen, Cancellara & Cav. All on different teams, no one likes each other, so no deals or favours. 5k to go. how do you win it

Friday January 21, 2011 5:34 Flashing Pedals

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JAF: In a big classic there are no deals or favours, so in that case I try to do a deal with the fastest (which is Cav), the youngest (Cav again), and least experienced (Cav one more time).

And ask Cav to do an attack and let the others chase. Just do the opposite of what everyone is expecting and try to convince Cav to do what no one is expecting, so Boonen and Fabian will be confused and not focus on what to do.

But this is just a joke because as I say in the beginning there are no deals in big classics.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:37

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Thanks to Juan Antonio Flecha for his time. Next we have Team Sky’s new signing Jeremy Hunt. Keep your questions coming in……

Friday January 21, 2011 5:39

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Jeremy Hunt

Friday January 21, 2011 5:40

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[Comment From paul burgoine paul burgoine : ]

Does Steven De Jongh do as much training as he says

Friday January 21, 2011 5:40 paul burgoine

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Jeremy Hunt: I don’t know. I think he does an hour a day while he’s here, but I don’t know what he does.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:42

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[Comment From Austin Austin : ]

Jeremy – I was pleased you joined Sky after the demise of Cervelo. What are some of the differences in the teams you have noticed so far, in training and preparation etc?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:42 Austin

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Jeremy Hunt: A lot more organised training where you’re given a plan the week before you get to the training camp so you can prepare yourself and know what we’re doing in the two weeks we have here.

We had two weeks here and a week in between at home, so you can really train well. We get up in the morning and know what we’re doing, which is really good for the head.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:45

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[Comment From Flashing Pedals Flashing Pedals : ]

you’ve ridden for a wide variety of teams in your career so far. How have you suvivied so many ups & downs !!!

Friday January 21, 2011 5:45 Flashing Pedals

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Jeremy Hunt: I enjoy riding my bike and I’m tough in the head.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:46

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[Comment From Wilko Wilko : ]

Jez, many say you’ve arrived at Sky like some kind of elder rider, ready to pass on new tricks. But do you have any personal ambitions and goals this season?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:46 Wilko

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Jeremy Hunt: I’d like to be good in the classics and make sure one of us wins a classic, probably Flecha or Edvald, but you never know, it could be anyone depending on tactics on the day.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:47

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[Comment From I team I team : ]

J what’s your favourite climb on the island

Friday January 21, 2011 5:48 I team

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Jeremy Hunt: I’ve only done two, Colobra’s too hard, so Lluc. I once did Soller in the Trofeo Majorca, but I can’t remember it!

Friday January 21, 2011 5:50

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[Comment From Guy Guy : ]

How do you stay motivated for every seaspn jez?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:50 Guy

5:51



Jeremy Hunt: I enjoy racing and being in good teams. And it’s always nice to win a race.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:51

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[Comment From Alex Murray Alex Murray : ]

Will you, Geraint and Swifty be thinking about how you’re going to lead out Cav in Copenhagen during this season?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:52 Alex Murray

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Jeremy Hunt: Not really thinking about it too much at the moment because we’re trying to beat him, but come the day we’ll all be fully behind him. It should be good.

I raced the route last year on the last stage of the Tour of Denmark, and it’ s a real possibility to win.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:53

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[Comment From Dave/TSF Dave/TSF : ]

There was a lot of (maybe only press created) friction between Cervelo and Sky last year after the Oman incident. Did you get any ribbing or problems when you joined the team or was the whole thing overhyped by the press?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:54 Dave/TSF

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Jeremy Hunt: I wasn’t in Oman, so it was nothing to do with me. it hasn’t been mentioned since I’ve been here.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:55

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[Comment From Ken Evans Ken Evans : ]

When will Cav win the worlds ?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:55 Ken Evans

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Jeremy Hunt: Hopefully this year.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:55

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[Comment From Guy E Guy E : ]

Jez any thoughts about what you will do when you retire?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:56 Guy E

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Jeremy Hunt: Ironman

Friday January 21, 2011 5:56

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[Comment From troyuk troyuk : ]

whats your favourite tour ?

Friday January 21, 2011 5:56 troyuk

5:59



Jeremy Hunt: The Tour de France was my favourite to ride

Stephen Roche’s win was the first one I watched, and me and my brother still pretend we’re Stephen Roche catching Pedro Delgado in the mist when we’re messing around riding.

Friday January 21, 2011 5:59

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[Comment From Bryan Bryan : ]

Last season 3 Sky riders, Downing, Thomas and Swift competed in the Lincoln Grand Prix. It was great to see Sky riders riding domestic races. Will similar be done for the coming season? With the cobbled climb of Michaelgate it would suit Flecha perfectly!!!

Friday January 21, 2011 6:00 Bryan

6:01



Jeremy Hunt: I wont be riding. I nearly won it in 1998 or 1999 but I went from the big ring to the little ring on the corner and my chain came off.

Friday January 21, 2011 6:01

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[Comment From Andrew Fisher Andrew Fisher : ]

Question for Jeremy – how does it feel coming into a newish team with all of your experience behind you? Did you feel like the new guy?

Friday January 21, 2011 6:02 Andrew Fisher

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Jeremy Hunt: No, I feel like the old guy!

Friday January 21, 2011 6:02

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[Comment From Jon Cannings Jon Cannings : ]

If you could win one race in 2011, what would it be?

Friday January 21, 2011 6:03 Jon Cannings

6:04



Jeremy Hunt: Paris Roubaix. But it wont be, I’ll be working for the team.

Friday January 21, 2011 6:04

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[Comment From Jim Harkness Jim Harkness : ]

Whats the biggest buz winning or knowing you helped get the win

Friday January 21, 2011 6:05 Jim Harkness

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Jeremy Hunt: It depends what the race was. If I won Paris Roubaix I’m sure it would be better than a team mate winning. But if I won a really small race it wouldn’t be as good as the team winning a big race.

Friday January 21, 2011 6:08

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Okay folks, Jeremy is off to have his dinner. The team had a big day’s training today (around six hours including efforts on the climb to Formentor)

Thanks for posting all your questions.

Keep an eye on the Cycling Weekly website for more from the Team Sky and GB training camp in Majorca.

Friday January 21, 2011 6:10

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