25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Patrik Sinkewitz

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Patrik Sinkewitz

The controversial German, enjoyed a return to better days in 2013. Riding for the small Meridiana Kamen Team he managed to claim the GC, points and mountains jerseys in the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda. He also won the mountains jersey in Okolo Slovenska and a stage in the Istrian Spring Trophy and 3rd overall.

He went very close in the GP Industria & Artigianato but as we and Santambrogio looked to be ready to battle it out for the win, Sinkewitz crashed in the rain.

In the Italian 1 day races in the Autumn he was at his attacking best and looks like he is returning to his best.

Here is an interview I did with Patrik:-

How do you rate your season?

My 2013 season, despite some victories, was filled with bad luck. It could have been much better, but for many falls in Coppa Sabatini and the Tour of Slovenia, and I broke my foot in July. I was strong but the season could have been much better.

What was your favourite race?

I like heavy races in Italy and the tour of Slovenia in June, it was a real pity I had to give away victory because of my fall.

You were dominant in Lombarda, winning the GC, points and mountains jerseys. This was your 1st stage win since 2009, how happy did this make you feel?

For sure, I was pleased with that. This confirms what I can do.

Did you every worry that you wouldn’t reach this level again?

No I didn’t! I know what I can do and I knew that I still had enough reserves.

In the GP Costa Degli Etruschi, Nibali attacked on the final climb and only Ulissi and you could follow. This must have been pleasing for you?

First of all it was me that attacked! I knew that I had a good physical condition and had no doubt that I could keep up on that mountain with a driver like Nibali.

What do you think about the abilities of Nibali and Ulissi?

I focus on me and that is stressful enough! Sure, they are both top racers.

What races are you looking forward to in 2014?

Italian races, as always. I will have my strongest form in the Summer months, basically I want to be at my maximum at each race.

How is your training going?

As usual I normally start training in the Winter, in the foreground are my recovery and ensure I have fully recovered from my falls. Then I can fully return to training,  if I am 100% healthy.

Meridiana Kamen have signed the very talented Davide Mucelli for 2014, are you happy with this signing?

Sure, we strengthened the team, for me, this is a good thing.

Many riders seem to be maintaining a good level into their late 30s, how long do you see yourself riding for?

In cycling nothing is predictable. I want to race as long as I still enjoy it and can be successful.

What are your goals for 2014?

Many victories, good performances and to get through the whole season without falling!

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