Posted by Editoress on 02/28/11
In only their second race as a Pro Continental squad, Canadian team SpiderTech p/b C10 put a rider on the podium, when David Boily won the Climber's Jersey in the five stage Giro di Sardegna. Boily finished with 14 points, one ahead of team mate Pat McCarty and Arkimed Rodriges (Katusha). McCarty was the top GC finisher for the team, in 36th place, three ahead of Svein Tuft.
We spoke with David today, from the team's base in France.
Canadian Cyclist: Congratulations. This is a good start for the team. Photo: Boily (centre) at the MTL GP
David Boily: Yes, thank you very much. It is a very good start for the team, to do this in the second race of the year, and I am very happy that I was able to do so well.
CC: Was it a team strategy to try for the Climber's Jersey, or was it more just the way it worked out in the race?
DB: We were just trying to do our best in the race, to be aggressive and part of the race. I was able to get into a break in the second stage, and then I won a KoM (King of the Mountain) sprint, which put me in the jersey. So, I was wearing the jersey in stage 3 [Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) was the classification leader, but was wearing the overall race leader jersey], and after that we decided to see what would happen.
Then, in stage four, I was able to get some other points [on two KoMs], so we went for it. We kind of got lucky on the last stage, when Cunego didn't get too many points.
CC: How does it feel, to be racing in Europe, compared to North America?
DB: We were in Europe for one month last year, but that was one day races in Belgium. This is our first big stage race in Europe, so it is nice to be competitive.
The courses are completely crazy! We had two days that were very hilly, with over 3000 metres of elevation [gain]. It is super technical on the roads here; there are no flat sections.
It is hard to compare to North America; the courses are so different, and the racing is very different because of that.
CC: And how is your form - did you expect to be riding this well?
DB: Actually, it is way better then I thought it would be. Of course, everyone wants to be in good shape for the beginning of the season, and I was training very hard in January, in California, but I'm very, very happy with the way my form is right now, and I hope that it continues through the season.
CC: So what's next for you?
DB: I don't know yet. I have a little break until March 16th, and I will go home and have some time with my family and my friends in Quebec, before I come back to Europe for my next races.
CC: Are you noticing any differences with the team, now that it has moved up to the Pro Continental level?
DB: For sure. There are more staff, and another Directeur Sportif ... the team is growing, and for me it is a perfect situation that the team is growing up at the same time as me.
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