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Interview: Romy Kasper
By Bart Hazen
Date: 1/6/2012
Interview: Romy Kasper

Interview: Romy Kasper
Interview with 23 year old Romy Kasper. Kasper. who won the final stage in the Krasna Lipa last season, is going to ride for the new RusVelo team alongside Hanka Kupfernagel and Svetlana Bubnenkova.

Romy Kasper is despite her age (23) already an experienced rider in the peloton. Over the years she rode for Equipe NŁrnberger, Cycling Team Noris and Kuota Speed Kueens. In 2012 she will be riding for the new RusVelo team of sports-director Jochen Dornbusch alongside team stars Hanka Kupfernagel, Svetlana Bubnenkova and Olga Zabelinskaya. An interview:

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Romy Kasper and Iím 23 years old. Iím from Forst (itís near Berlin). During the off-season Iím studying in Chemnitz. I love traveling and I spend a lot of time with my nephew, if Iím at home.

How did you get involved with cycling?
When my dad was young he was a cyclist as well. He stopped at the age of 14. In the 4th class, my ďhome sports clubĒ looked for talented kids and I tried it out. Although I did swimming and playing handball at the same time I never stopped with cycling.

What kind of rider are you?
I think Iím an allrounder. I have a good sprint and like breakaway groups. I like races like Tour of Flanders, Drenthe and Fleche Wallonne.

Romy wins the final stage in the Krasna Lipa stage race. Photo © 2011 Bart Hazen

What are your strengths and on what needs to be worked on?
I like to do everything for the victory of the team. Iím good in sprinting, but I must work to get stronger and faster.

How do you look back at your season with a stage win in Krasna Lipa?
It was my most successful season. The past season I won the final stage of the Krasna Lipa Tour in Czech. This was my first UCI race victory. In May I was 7th in the World Cup Race in China. At the Tour of Chongming Island I achieved place 9 on the 2nd stage and place 8 in overall. I finished the German National Road Championships in 10th position and in August I had pretty good results at the Universiade in China. I won the bronze medal in the team-time trial and was 4th in the road race.

You are going to ride for the new RusVelo team next season. What do you expect?
I don't expect much.. Iím looking forward to new challenges in a new team. I think we will have a great team, a very professional environment and excellent staff.

You will be one of the three Germans next to Hanka Kupfernagel and Laura Fouquet on the team. How do you end up in such a Russian team.
The contact with RusVelo came due to my former national coach and present director sportif Jochen Dornbusch. We talked in Toscana, because I was searching for a new challenge to develop myself.

Her first UCI win in her career. Photo © 2011 Bart Hazen

What will be your role?
Mainly Iíll work for the victory of the team. Iíll give my best to support riders like Hanka Kupfernagel, Svetlana Bubnenkova and Olga Zabelinskaya in the best possible way. Next to Svetlana Iíll be one of the sprinters and I hope to finish some races on the Podium.

It will be your sixth year in a ProTeam after three years Equipe NŁnberger, one year Noris and one year Kuota Speed Kueens. We can already state that you are one of the experienced
riders despite you are only 23 years old?
In the team Iím sure not the most experienced rider, because you have Olga, Hanka and Svetlana. For example Hanka started riding her bike before I was even born. I think I can learn a lot from her.

The past two years you were one of the reserves for the World Championships in Melbourne and Denmark. Doesnít that bother you considering you had a very good season?
Yeah you are right. I was sad that I was only one of the reserves. Last year, I did everything to come back after I had broken my hand in the end of August. But in Germany our national coach sometimes has a luxury problem. We have so much strong riders that he has to make a decision who he will choose for the races.

What will be your goals next (Olympic) season?
My goal for 2012 is mainly the World Championships in Valkenburg. Therefore I will show my strengths mainly in the races in Holland and Belgium and work hard for the teamís success! Ofcourse I dreaming of the Olympic Games, but I think the Olympics in 2016 are more realistic.

Romy is going to ride for RusVelo this season. Photo © 2011 Bart Hazen

What will be your goals on long term as a person and as a cyclist?
In sport... I want to participate in the Olympic Games... Furthermore I would like to have a lot of fun. Next to sport; have a family, get a great job and enjoy my life.

What is Romy doing when not riding a bike?
Most of the time Iím studying. Since 2008 Iím studying sport science - Prevention, Rehabilitation and Fitness of sports in Chemnitz. At the moment Iím writing my bachelor thesis and hope to finish it in 2012. After it I will continue my study with a Master.

Also I like meeting with friends for a coffee or shopping. Sometimes I train the kids of my ďhome sports clubĒ. Itís really exciting and itís a lot of fun!

What do we have to know from you what most people donít know?
Iím a really good in cooking and baking. Itís the best way to relax for me.

Who are your role models in and outside cycling?
Outside cycling definitely my family! In cycling I would have to say Ina (Teutenberg), Judith (Arndt) and Marianne Vos.

Final question. What is your motto?
He who fights can lose, but he who does not fight has already lost!


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