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by Shane Stokes
October 31, 2017
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After a season of bad luck with her health, Doris Schweizer gets another chance with Team Virtu. The 28-year-old, a strong climber and time trialist, has learned from her mistakes and takes to her training with a greater sense of understanding.
“I have to control myself, I got into overtraining because I didn’t rest properly,” said the Swiss. “I have really learnt, that when I train – I train, but when I don’t I really have to rest well. I control it much more now, and my coach is really strict with me.”
“A lot of things went bad this year, but it was not because of the team or that I didn’t try hard. With the girls and Carmen, I have a really good feeling, and I think it is best not to change my environment again, because it would be too stressful, and I am already happy in the team.”
Keeping in mind that she needs to approach her training reasonably, she is not sure when she will feel 100% again. But she still has her sights set on the Giro Rosa and other hilly events.
“Doris had her season ruined because of illness and injuries, but she is a fighter and she knows what needed to be changed. Even though it can be really hard, she needs to take small steps and be patient, but then I’m sure we eventually will see her coming back to full strength,” said DS Carmen Small. “When she is at her best she is phenomenal on the big climbs and also on the ITT’s. But first of all we must help her find her way back to her old level and the peloton. She can be very important for the team, but it is a step-by-step process to start with.”