Maxime Monfort prepares second part of the season in the Sierra Nevada
After a short period of rest, Maxime Monfort is preparing for the rest of the season during an altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada, a mountain range in southern Spain. Monfort trained together with Lotto Soudal teammates Tiesj Benoot, Jens Keukeleire and Jelle Wallays. The 36-year-old Belgian specifies why he chooses for a training camp at altitude, the kind of training sessions he does and the goals for the upcoming Tour de Suisse.
Maxime Monfort: “The training camp is going really well and the conditions are perfect. It is really warm at the foot of the mountain, which is an additional advantage for the next races. Also the atmosphere is excellent here.”
“For me, the first part of the season ended after the Ardennes Classics. Afterwards, I took a bit of rest and this period is the ideal moment to get going again and to lay the foundations for the rest of the season. During this period of the year, the way I train is a little different. The focus is mainly on the longer efforts, contrary to the training sessions for the Ardennes Classics, where the climbs are a bit shorter.”
“During a long altitude training camp it is important to fully adapt to the circumstances. The training rides during the first week are mostly at endurance pace. As of week two, the intensity goes up and during the third week, the specific race efforts are trained. So, the intensity levels during an altitude training camp go crescendo.”
“In fact, we don’t have a lot of spare time on a normal training day. On a rest day, we watch some Netflix and there was also the Giro d’Italia, of course. As a fan of tennis, I also follow Roland Garros. My family also came to visit me for a couple of days and being a family man, that is really welcome during a long training camp.”
“The Tour de Suisse will be my first event after seven weeks of no races. First and foremost, it will be important to find the race rhythm again. I don’t have any general classification ambitions but I do want to battle for a stage victory. So, just like last year, when I finished fourth in stage six. There are no easy days in the Tour de Suisse, which offers the team an opportunity to go for the stage win almost every day. Let us in the first place hope for good legs at the start. If that brings a nice result, that would be even nicer.”
This period is the ideal moment to get going again and to lay the foundations for the rest of the season.