Jakob Fuglsang - Comments on his 2009 Season
2009 Danish Rider of the Year - Jakob Fuglsang looks back at his debut year in
the ProTour with Bjarne Riis' team Saxo Bank.
2009 - In The Rear View Mirror With
Team Saxo Bank rider, Jakob Fuglsang was recently voted Danish
Rider of the Year by Danish TV2 and the website
www.feltet.dk An award that made an impact on the strong former mountain
"It is a recognition of me as a rider and it's valuable to me that people
notice the good results I'm gotten. It is particularly important when there are
so many other great talented riders in Denmark such as Matti Breschel who really
took some huge wins this season. It gives me a boost in morale. In my generation
of riders there's a huge potential and we could almost build a competitive Tour
de France line-up if we were on the same team”, said the Danish rider who is
currently at a training camp in Playitas on Fuerteventura.
Giro dell'Emilia - Jakob Fuglsang
Attacks on the San Luca climb.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
The title is well-deserved. By winning Tour of Denmark, Tour de Slovenia as
well as several excellent results in both the Dauphiné Libéré and the Vuelta a
Espana have shown Jakob Fuglsang a rider to be reckoned with in the top tier of
pro riders in his debut year on ProTour team Saxo Bank Fuglsang, has
delivered some unique performances that each has a special significance for the
24-year-old Team Saxo Bank-rider.
"There is nothing more satisfying than to fulfill the goals you have set for
yourself. I have worked hard and been focused to make a great appearance in the
Dauphiné Libéré, and it was a bold and almost surreal experience to be out there
with Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador on the Mont Ventoux where I was even able
to put pressure on them both in their own terrain. Evans contacted me afterwards
and would make an alliance with me in which I agreed, if the conditions were
right. When I attacked the following day he was not to be seen”. Jakob
would finish 6th in the Dauphiné a strong performance for the young rider.
2009 Giro dell'Emilia podium: (left to right) Jakob Fuglsang rode an aggressive
race to take second to Robert Gesink with Thomas Lovkvist third... Quite a
podium, 3 of the top young riders of the 2009 season.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Shortly after the "Race to the Sun" in France race, he participated in
the Tour de Slovenia where he took things in his own hands on the opening stage.
"The stage I won was 240 kilometers with several mountains along the way. I
went in a break pretty early and on the last 40 kilometers I was on my own in
the front. The feeling when you are alone and you know that victory is within
reach is unique. That victory means a lot to me.”
After a longer break from racing, the Team Saxo Bank-rider was on the road
again and arrived at Tour of Denmark after finishing Sachsen Tour and a Danish
"The idea was to have to use Tour of Denmark as part of the preparation for
the Vuelta. On the first stage I was in a break which unfortunately was denied
by the sprinters. I was still feeling a bit weak from Sachsen Tour but as the
race progressed I was feeling regenerated and when the field entered
Frederiksberg on the last stage and I was in the leader's jersey, I noticed
chills spread all over my body. To win on home ground with the audience's
support in that kind of caliber was a unique experience for me. But the biggest
victory to date is still to win the mountain bike U23 World Cup in 2007. I had
been working really hard to get so far and the satisfaction being at the top of
the podium was indescribable.”
Jakob climbs the Ventoux with Robert Gesink.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
It's a long way from the sunny podiums and standing ovations to the
November rain in Silkeborg with his parents. It was a welcome break; but Jacob
is eager to get started.
"I am often home on visits but I'm glad to be able to train around Lake Garda,
starting from my apartment in Bardolino. There is a lot less rain and I almost
never have a flat down here throughout the winter. Training takes place withouta
schedule. I use sports director Kim Andersen as an advisor and we are doing the
evaluation of the training over the phone.”
As a professional cyclist training is mandatory regardless of wind and
weather and living in Denmark the whole year may be a harder load and the
motivation could disappear. For the Danish rider training is not only an
"I love cycling. That is why I do it. To ride out and enjoy the terrain and
the prospect of mountain peaks is an important part of training. Even on rest
days I am often out riding longer than scheduled, because I just want to get up
on top of a mountain and enjoy the scenery. I could not imagine ever stopping
training. It's not always my favorite thing to take a break like now, but it is
necessary to restore that particular hunger it takes to be at the very front of
Preparations for the 2010 season have started and after an impressive season
with victories and impressive stage placements in the Vuelta (where Jakob was on
the podium three stages) Jakob Fuglsang hopes for an opportunity to join the
Team Saxo Bank Tour de France line-up.
"Bjarne and I have had a small talk about my chances of doing the Ardennes
Classics and the Tour de France. But there are things to be improved in order to
be in that special line-up.”
On one of the world's best cycling teams being in the line-up for the
greatest cycling event of the world is of course, selective. Having to select
the nine riders is often a problem of luxury for team owner Bjarne Riis and
sports director Kim Andersen and usually there can be room for both young and
"Riders who Stuart and Jens are indispensable. They have so much experience and
strength to give; they are an inspiration to the entire team. Such riders are
hard to miss. Team Saxo Bank is a great place to be because of the positive
atmosphere within the team. All riders are allowed to have an opinion and nobody
is excluded which are some of the reasons why I want to stay here”, concludes
Jakob Fuglsang website
Team Saxo Bank
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