A stirring year comes to an end2016-11-09
Mentally, the most difficult year of my professional year is coming to an end. After my crash I had to invest a lot of patience and of course sweat so that in the end I could again show that I can win races. Of course I did not win as many as the year before. But this season I have matured incredibly. It was a hard test for my character and I draw a lot of strength from the past months. Especially the moments after my return in which I was competitive again, were indescribable. Once again thanks to everyone who believed in me and supported me.
Physically, the year was not so hard because of my forced rest, even if I did the equivalent, in number of days, of a Grand Tour with the World Championships and Abu Dhabi at the end of the season. After that, by the way, I stayed in Dubai for a week to recover and enjoy the weather. Again this week I will leave my bike alone and then I will start again slowly with my preparations.
This year also ends the era with my current team. I am thankful for the time there, look back to great Classics wins and to great times with the riders and staff, some of whom have become friends. That is also the reason what it wasn’t so easy to go. I am leaving friends. But on the other hand, I am happy for the courage of my decision to change to a new team. I am determined to move up another step and look forward to my time at Trek-Segafredo.
I will let you know how my preparations for the coming season are going Until then. Yours, Dege.