Benoot, Monfort, Wallays and Keukeleire at altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada
While the Giro is still in full swing, some other Lotto Soudal riders are already focusing on the races in the months to come. Tiesj Benoot, Maxime Monfort, Jelle Wallays and Jens Keukeleire are now on an altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada, a mountain range in southern Spain. Tiesj Benoot gives a little insight into his daily schedule.
Tiesj Benoot: “I am here to improve my shape towards the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France. The Sierra Nevada is ideal for that because of the good weather conditions, the altitude of 2,200 metres and the nice roads, so I like it here. Our training rides vary from short and intensive ones to long and easier ones. Of course that includes a lot of kilometres uphill. The typical daily routine for us is as follows: get up, eat, train, eat, rest, eat and sleep. In between, we look at the Giro and I also brought some books with me to prepare for my exam. Sometimes we go to the gym to do exercises. I really enjoy the serenity here. I will stay here until 9 June together with Maxime Monfort, while Jens Keukeleire and Jelle Wallays will return home on 5 June. "
“In the Tour de Suisse, I want to regain my good feeling, because I haven’t raced since Paris-Roubaix, which is two months ago. I hope to battle for a stage win in the Tour de France. I also aim for a nice result in the Belgian national championships, but it is difficult to really make a goal of that as it is always a special race. This year, the road Nationals will take place in my home town Ghent. Obviously, I would love to conquer the national jersey but the flat course in the finale won’t make it easy for me.”