Eager Gloag goes to Tour de Romandie with a lot of energy
Thomas Gloag is astounded in his maiden season on the WorldTour. In four months, he rode in the top ten in a general classification with the professionals for the first time and went on altitude camp but suffered a crash. He will make his debut at the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday.
Gloag stayed at altitude in Tenerife with the Giro team of Team Jumbo-Visma. He returned one week before the Tour de Romandie. “It was a fantastic experience”, the 21-year-old Briton says. “I am trying to learn as much as possible from experienced riders like Primoz Roglic or Robert Gesink. Their daily routines, preparation before training, and recovery afterwards. The level was incredibly high, but I really enjoyed it. I hope they will do very well in Italy, and I have a lot of confidence in them.”
During his first few months with Team Jumbo-Visma, Gloag takes this open and curious attitude wherever he goes. “I get a lot of energy from this environment. It is an excellent team with professionals in all areas. I’m pleased with how things have gone thus far with the team. Sixth place in the Volta a la Communitat Valenciana gave me instant confidence.”
"There is one real mountain stage, and I look forward to seeing how far I can get"
Afterwards, a crash resulted in a first setback. “Of course, it wasn’t ideal, but my tibia has fully recovered. I’m looking forward to the Tour de Romandie, where I hope to continue to learn. Steven Kruijswijk is an experienced rider who knows how to handle certain race situations. He can teach me a lot. There is one real mountain stage, and I look forward to seeing how far I can get. I have also been working hard on my time trial. I will have to put in a lot more effort in the future, but I am excited about the two time trials in this race.”
Next to Gloag, Team Jumbo-Visma will start the Tour de Romandie with Lennard Hofstede, Steven Kruijswijk, Robert Gesink, Jos Van Emden, Gijs Leemreize and Tobias Foss.