After spending some time at high altitude in Tenerife and a successful week of racing at the Tour of the Alps, Thymen Arensman sat down during his final training block at home ahead of the Giro d’Italia, to write about about the training camp, his nice experiences in Italy and his expectations for his second Grand Tour appearance.
Over the last weeks I had a really good altitude camp in Tenerife, together with Romain Bardet, Chris Hamilton & our cook. We managed to get a solid block of training in but also had a good time together too – almost every night we played card games which was a lot of fun. Training and some downtime together also helped to really create bonds and you could already see a nice atmosphere at the Tour of the Alps.
That time with training hard and having fun together helped to be really committed to each other; you could see that already last week.
Of course, we were all competitive while playing cards, but everyone grabbed a win sometimes and the morale was always high! After that, we got back to racing in Italy at the Tour of the Alps. It was a really nice week with a good atmosphere and everybody did a great job. We also had some guys from the Development program there, who were also really committed to supporting Romain and myself. It was really nice to see the cooperation between the WorldTour and Development program in action.
Everybody was really focused and motivated and Romain and I had really good legs coming back from altitude and could finish the week off in perfectly. I am really happy that we could finish first and third in GC and that I could get the first GC podium of my career and win the Youth classification. Now I can hopefully build on that in the upcoming period.
I am now back home for a bit and will try to maintain that shape for the Giro. It will be my first and I’m really looking forward to it. After the Vuelta last year, this will be my third Grand Tour and I am curious how it will be. From what I heard, the Giro is pretty hard so that could suit me well since my body can recover well during stage races. But for now, I am just really motivated to support Romain in the best way possible for a nice result on GC.
We are all really excited for the first Grand Tour of the year and I hope we can show you some exciting racing there.
Speak to you soon, Thymen