Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 11, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team leader at 22: Kasia Niewiadoma takes on new role in Marianne Vos’ WM3 Pro Cycling Team; Tour of Turkey faces challenge attracting teams due to political climate; Iranian Team Pishgaman Cycling suspended after second rider positive; Multiple doping positives at Tour of Guadeloupe; In-depth feature with Brian Holm; New fixed-gear team started by Red Hook series champ; Outdoor industry brands boycotting Utah-based trade show over politics; Belgian coach falls into icy pond at Bieles, drives home in underwear; Max Stöckl breaks own world record for fastest MTB downhill speed at 167kph; Video: Downhill to Death Valley on a penny-farthing; Motivating children to wear bicycle helmets through design; Video: How a Bicycle was made.

In-depth feature with Brian Holm

by CyclingTips

Dane Brian Holm has raced as a pro, helping compatriot Bjarne Riis win the 1996 Tour de France, and has been a successful director sportif for many top teams. Cyclist magazine sat down with him to discuss his cycling career as well as a variety of other interesting topics. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

“Joining T-Mobile was like joining Manchester United. They were the biggest thing in cycling. We had young guys like [Andre] Greipel, Cav and [Matt] Goss winning like crazy and we had a really good atmosphere in the team.’

Holm’s blend of brutal honesty and brotherly banter has proven to be a potent motivator, especially for Mark Cavendish. What makes him special? “Keep in mind that he has done it since 2007 and I’ve heard the same bollocks every year: he is too little, too fat. But he has unbelievable focus. Sometimes I think of his poor wife Peta because he gets what I call the ‘foreign legion’ look in his eyes, when he gets so focused. Look at Milan-San Remo [where Cav beat Heinrich Haussler by one inch in 2009]: he can dig so deep, he is just unbelievable. He has a mindset I haven’t seen before – and he can live with the stress, which is also amazing.’

Part of the skillset of a sports director is to adapt to the personalities of the riders. Different characters require different messages in the car and in training.

“It takes me two to three years to really know a rider,’ says Holm. ‘Only then do I know which buttons to push. If Greipel lost and you told him what was written in the papers he wouldn’t like it. But if Cav gets beaten and you say, ‘Hey, they’re writing that you’re eating too many doughnuts,’ he will say, ‘What the f***? Tomorrow, I’m going to win.’”

Click through to read more at Cyclist.