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Interview with Allan Bo Andresen (EDS-fakta)
 
By Jakob Duma
Date: 10/25/2002
Interview with Allan Bo Andresen (EDS-fakta)
 

Courtesy of Team fakta
So Allan, why did you choose to become a professional cyclist, and how did you end up living in Belgium?

Well I started at a very young age and raced up to my junior years, but I actually got really tired of it and decided to quit the sport and didnít touch a bike for the next 8 years. But then a very good friend and I started competing for fun and we decided to take part in a little amateur race in Ňrhus, and even though I was in very bad shape and probably had gained a couple of pounds too many in my 8 year break away from cycling, I actually went on to win the race after having been in a breakaway for a little over 100 kilometres. And even though I couldnít move from exhaustion the next 3 days, my passion for cycling was back at a very high level.

How was your first year as a professional?

Hmm, my first professional year was a bit up and down as the first year usually is, I didnít win any UCI ranked races or have any major results internationally, but I did go on to win 3 street races, in ONE week in Sweden, and I followed the good form up a couple of days later when I finished second in the Scandinavian championships. So all in all, I was pretty content with my first pro season, and even though the results maybe werenít that big, I was certainly able to gain a lot of valuable experience through out the year, something Iím really happy with today.

So after having been a professional cyclist for 3 years now, entering your forth season next year, how do you think your career has turned out so far?

Well, so far Iím very pleased with the way my career has turned out, and I have achieved to produce some good results which makes me confident about the future. When thatís said, the 2001 season was however a really low point for me, and even in my own mind I started thinking about quitting cycling because I didnít find any joy in it at that time. I had a whole lot of bad luck in the races I was competing in, and was constantly feeling really, really tired on and off the bike and was starting to get a bit worried about what could be wrong with me, because we were afraid that I might be suffering from glandular fever. But the doctors tests luckily denied all signs of that.

Then through out the summer my strength and energy was slowly improving and I started racing again and was very soon close to feeling like my old self again, and of course it was a major relief for me when I got my first win of the season in Holland (Ster Elektrotoer), a victory that more or less secured me a new contract with Team Fakta for the upcoming 2002 season, and showed my directors that I still was able to pursue some good results internationally.†

There has been a lot of talk about the atmosphere at Team Fakta and that you all get a long really great, is that the truth?

Yes it actually is, we have very strong bond at Fakta and we are like a whole little family in many ways. There always is a lot of laughter at the dinner table and we also try doing our best in cheering each other up if someone is feeling a bit down, and I think this is one of the main factors that makes Team Fakta such a good and well-liked team among the riders. But we also do have some very good team directors in Kim Andersen, Peter Meinert and Peter Sejer Nielsen who are all very competent, and always working hard to secure that the positive mentality within the team is upheld.

How do you see the Danish chance at the upcoming worlds in Zolder?
[Note: this interview was done before the World Championships in Belgium]

Oh thatís a hard one. I think our best chances will be at the hands of Allan Johansen and Jakob Piil, who both are in excellent form at the moment and could be really dangerous in a small breakaway as they both are very quick in small reduced sprints. But again it will be very very hard to get a good healthy gap on a course like the one in Zolder, and should it come down to as big mass sprint we will have to count on the likes of Lars Michaelsen, but realistically he will have it very hard against top performers like Mario Cipollini, Erik Zabel, Robbie McEwen and those guys.

I know you injured your leg during the Circuit Franco-Belge, how is it coming along?

My leg is actually completely recovered, I went to see a specialist and it turned out be two nerves that were stuck in my lower back which he quickly cured, and now I honestly donít feel any pain in my leg any more, so thatís great.

In what way do you describe yourself as a rider?

Well my main strength is that Iím a good sprinter, but Iím also not afraid to try my luck in some breakaways if the right chance offers itself, and actually one of my main cycle philosophies is that if you don't ever seek your luck, well then you never win, so I always do my very best to seek my luck.

Next season what will your goals and ambitions be?

They will actually be pretty much the same as this seasonís. I will try to be in good form early on for the Tour de Qatar and Tour de Langkawi, and maybe have a go at a short flat stage race where there isnít a time trail included, like Tour de Picardie or something, and as always I will go hunting for stage wins in the different stage races and still try to improve on my sprinting abilities.†

Do you have a favourite race you expressly look forward to each year?

Hmm, not really, but from a spectatorís point of view I however do find Paris-Roubaix extremely fascinating, and even though I never have taken part in it, it's a race I would really like to ride and do well in, and I would even go so far and say that I would rather win the Paris-Roubaix than the World Championships, because to me Paris-Roubaix represents all aspects of cycling, "good and bad," and thatís even without any mountains along the route at all. I also enjoy riding in some of the more exotic places the world has to offer on the cycling scene, like Australia, Qatar, and Malaysia where the weather often is top notch and new impressions alway comes in hundreds.

What do you think about top sprinters like E. Zabel, M.Cipollini, A.Petacchi, O. Freire, and R. McEwen?

Uh, fast guys all of them - I have raced with them all except Mario Cipollini unfortunately; heís so charismatic and has done so much good for modern cycling today, and for me he truly is the undisputed "Heavyweight Champ" of them all and undoubtedly the fastest sprinter in the world today, with maybe Robbie McEwen as the sole legacy for the crown when the "Lion King" retires.

What do you think about Danish cycling at the moment (not a bad time to ask since Jakob Piil (CSC-Tiscali) just has won Paris-Tours)?

Yes, it was an incredibly strong performance by Jakob, which also shows that we still have heaps of strong cyclists in Denmark even though we may not have a Tour de France winner among us any more, 'at least on the bike anyway.' But we do have a couple of guys who are able to pull off some good results in the big races; look at a person like Michael Rasmussen - here we really have a guy whoís able to sit with the very best riders in the high mountains and truly has been a big revelation this season, but again also the recent performances by Jakob Pill and Allan Johansen are very uplifting, and I also do have to mention my two teammates at Team Fakta, JÝrgen Bo Petersen and Lennie Kristiansen, who both have been incredibly strong this current season.

And in the U/23 category we also have some exciting prospects like Rasmus Dyrring and Brian Vandborg who are very talented riders with great potential. But also the young junior rider Matti Breschel, whoís got amazing potential and who has all the right tools to become a top performer, and will be really exciting to follow in the future. And by the way, heís very fast!!!!!!!!

Thank you, Allan!


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