Get closer to – Christina Siggaard
Team VIRTU Cycling Women´s 23-year-old Christina Siggaard won Saturday’s cobblestone classic Omloop het Nieuwsblad and took the biggest achievement of her career since she, as junior, won the World Cup bronze medal on the roads around Rudersdal, Denmark. Between the two major achievements, there have been only a few personal results to add on her resume but after a number of years as a faithful domistique she got the chance to ride her own chance at VIRTU Cycling. She acknowledged the confidence and paid with a fantastic victory among the world elite on the cobblestones.
In the last few weeks she has been in attending the VIRTU Cycling training camp with the rest of the women on the Danish World Tour squad and the following interview has been made there
What are your impressions from the training camp?
“I have an excellent impression of the girls! We really got along well with each other and quickly we had the feeling of team spirit and the sense of companionship with that group of girls. It was really important to be able to feel comfortable with a unit that trains hard while being on the road while relaxing and laughing when recovering and socializing. In addition, Bjarne proved to be an excellent women’s cycling professional front figure in terms of reaching out to the pgeneral public, who might previously confuse women’s cycling with a less serious side of the sport. In addition, it’s huge, especially as a Dane, to have a man like Bjarne on your team, as he will always be a big cycling idol for most who have been at the top and knows what he is talking about. It is clear motivating for me “.
What do you look forward to in this season?
“I’m opening the season in Belgium with the classics, which is my favourite time of the year. I hope that together we can create a unique spirit on the team. In addition, I personally hope to be able to lift my potential and continue to develop myself as a rider. I’m good at making it into a select group of riders and usually, I have a good finish in smaller groups. In addition, I look forward to the moments that make it all the hard work worth it. The process to this is a side of the matter, which you have to love a cyclist, which I happily do! But reaping the fruits of what we’ve been working on all winter is what makes it extra fun.
How do you prepare for a race?
This is how it most often takes place: 3-2.5 hours before start I eat a meal, and often it´s breakfast. We are at the start about 1-1.5 hours before the start. We then dress up, put on the numbers, visit the toilet, sign in, stuff the pockets, visit the toilet, are given the last minute instructions from our DS, find the start line and we’re off!”
What interests do you have in addition to the bike?
“I am studying Nutrition and Health, which is a subject I keep close at heart. I love food, cooking and generally experimenting in the kitchen. In addition, it’s an important part to manage if you want to go to the top of the sport! Besides my passion for food, I spend time on coffee, my friends and family as well as spontaneous shoe purchases every now and then. My family means a lot to me. The men in my life, my father and little brother, share my passion for cycling and my mother is the faithful support who is always ready to help me out.”
Christina Siggaard’s next race is this Saturday’s Italian one-day race, Strade Bianche.