Defending champion Campenaerts about the Belgian time trial championship
The world Hour Record holder previews the test against the clock in Middelkerke.
In the run-up to the Hour Record attempt, Lotto Soudal will give twice a week an inside look into the preparation of Victor Campenaerts. On the one hand, Victor will talk about the run-up, on the other hand we will each time highlight a specific topic.
Part 3: 27 days to go – Successful rehearsal
Victor Campenaerts: “Confidence boost’
“Winning the closing time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico is of course a performance that makes me very proud. Even though I raced with the Hour Record attempt in mind this week, a WorldTour victory against the world’s best time triallists means a new step in my career. Two years ago, my goal was to finish inside the top three in a time trial on the highest level and last year, I wanted to win a WorldTour time trial, which didn’t succeed. The fact that I beat Dennis and Dumoulin for the first time, gives my victory that extra touch.”
“I had to wait in suspense for over two hours and I saw how all the riders, one after another, were not able to beat my time. In addition, I had to deliver three doping samples because the urine was not dense enough due to the big amount of water I drank. I almost missed my flight to Belgium but luckily, I could return with the rest of the staff and Tiesj Benoot. The day before the time trial, I promised to buy champagne if I would win and I am a man of my word… My girlfriend Fanny would normally pick me up at the airport, but we cancelled those plans due to a sore throat. Luckily, she’s an athlete herself so she understands that it is not a good time to get sick now.”
“The word ‘Hour Record’ has been running through my mind for several months and that obviously won’t change during the coming weeks. During the past Tirreno-Adriatico, it has often been the talking point. The coming days will mainly be about recovery after which I will complete the preparations on Belgian soil. I will start my ‘jet lag training’ as of Friday. Then, I adapt my life rhythm day after day to the hour difference with Mexico to reduce the shock once I get there. Meanwhile, the team’s staff members are finalizing the preparations what concerns logistics, planning, equipment,... It is obvious that I got a confidence boost and that I am looking forward to what is about to come…”
The support of Victor
A sizeable team is involved in the preparation of the Hour Record attempt. The staff members of Lotto Soudal are preparing everything to leave for Mexico without any worries. The following people will assist Victor in Mexico.
- Trainer Kurt Lobbestael
- Doctor/ altitude specialist Ruud Van Thienen
- Osteopath /physical therapist Toon Hens
- Mechanic Simon De Wolf
- Performance manager Kevin De Weert
Furthermore, Lotto Soudal could rely on the experience of its own partner Energy Lab, complemented by several specialists. The British Matthew Bottril for the time trial positioning, Bert Blocken as professor aerodynamics and Stefan Deckx for strength, stabilization and supplementation in cooperation with Lotto Soudal partner Sanas.