He’s 21 years old, from Luxembourg, can climb and time-trial! He is a multi-talented rider and will be given plenty of opportunities by Trek Factory Racing to win races in 2014.
Riding as a neo-pro in 2013, he won the GP Nobili with a long solo attack. He looked like claiming his home race, the Tour of Luxembourg, but was penalised for a sling-shot that helped him win stage 4. He claimed both his national ITT and road race crowns and looks well set for a big 2014. It should see him starting his first grand tour and further enhancing his reputation.
Here is an interview I did with Bob:-
How much work do you do on your TT bike?
I do a lot of work on my TT bike. During the season I’m riding my TT bike 2-3 times a week. If I’m really focused on a TT, like the worlds, I’m even going 5 times a week on the TT bike.
Do you ask Cancellara for tips?
Of course I’m speaking with him about TTs but I never really ask him for tips. When I have the possibility to train with him, I’m trying to see the small details he does and use them for my progression.
You had a wonderful win in the GP Nobili, attacking and riding solo from a long way out. Was this the plan?
I think it’s hard to plan such an attack but in the meeting we were told that everyone is free to try and go for the victory. After I made it into the breakaway, I just gave it a try because I felt that I was the strongest of the 4 men in front. So the plan to attack existed before the race but riding solo to the finish was a decision, which I took during the race.
How good did it feel to win solo, in such a tough race?
Good is maybe not the right word, it felt amazing! I really had to fight against some strong headwind and a couple of teams chasing me down. So I only believed in my victory when I saw the finishing line and that feeling was absolutely overwhelming.
You did a lot of Italian races early in your career. Do you enjoy the Italian 1 day races?
Yes I always enjoy riding in Italy, the races are all on a high level so you can progress and normally the weather and roads are good too! The Italian food is, of course, another reason to like these races even more.
In your home tour, the Tour of Luxembourg, you won stage 4 and seemingly the GC, but were demoted by the officials. How frustrating was it for you?
It was really important for me to raise my hands at the finish in front of all the local supporters. The GC would have been the cherry on the cake but in the end that didn’t happen, of course it was frustrating for me, and the team, but it won’t be the last time I do the Tour of Luxembourg, so I’m looking forward to the next editions.
What races best suit your skills?
I showed a few times that I’m not bad in TTs and I saw this year that I’m not the worst climber either, but I know that I have to progress a lot in the mountains. My goal is to be competitive in the stage races and the hard one-day races like the Ardennes Classics, because I think that these races suit me best.
How hard was the World Championship Road Race?
The world RR was a really tough one! The weather was terrible and the final circuit was hard, but my condition was good and I was optimistic before the race. Unfortunately I crashed two times and was out, it’s always hard when you are prepared for a race and then you don’t even finish it, but that’s cycling.
Will we see you race your first grand tour in 2014?
Probably yes, but I don’t know which one. You always have to be in the selection for a grand tour, so it depends on my condition and results but the Vuelta would be a nice introduction to the grand tours.
What can we expect from you in this race?
The team has always at least one leader for a grand tour, so my role will be to help our leader. If there is a possibility to get a free card to play on a stage, I will take it with pleasure.
You finished 84th in Paris-Roubaix, is this a race you see yourself competing for in the future?
Paris-Roubaix 2013 has been a great experience for me but I see myself more in the Ardennes Classics and stage races, so I don’t see myself competing in Roubaix in the near future but I won’t close that door for the rest of my career.
What races are you doing in 2014?
I will start in February with Dubai Tour followed by Tour Méditerranné, Paris-Nice, Critérium International, Basque Country and the 3 Ardennes Classics. That’s the plan for now.
What are your goals for 2014?
It’s important for me to get some experience in the stage races and Ardennes Classics, that’s the main goal for 2014. I’m going to race on a different level as this year, so it’s difficult to set goals, but I will try to take every possibility I’ll get to make a result.
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