One of the toughest and most reliable workers in the pro peloton, Kanstantsin Siutsou is as strong on the climbs as he is on the flat. A multiple Belarusian national champion in both the time trial and on the road, the rider affectionately known as ‘Kosta’ has proved he is able to capture big results in his own right as well as for his team.
An under-23 world champion with a stage win and a top-10 finish at the Giro d’Italia on his palmares, Siutsou played an integral role leading up to the Tour de France in 2012, making the nine-man Tour squad in his first season with the team. Unfortunately Siutsou broke his leg on the third stage in France but a winter of recuperation should put him in a position to chase more success this season.
Q & A
Who inspired you to start cycling?A coach came into my school and when I first tried it, I couldn't stop.
First cycling club:The Belarusian junior cycling team
Childhood hero:Miguel Indurain
What do you love most about cycling?When you ride six hours a day, every day, you have to love cycling. I love everything about the sport.
What has cycling taught you?It's taught me how to read a race. You learn which attacks to follow, how to chase down breaks, and many other tactical nuances.
Previous teams:2001-02 Itera; 2003 Lokomotiv; 2005 Fassa Bortolo; 2006 Acqua & Sapone; 2007 Barloworld; 2008-11 Columbia-HTC (Highroad)
Favourite race:The Tour de France
Highlight of your career:The first three days of the Tour de France last year. Everyone was incredibly motivated and focused on one goal - to win the race.
If you weren't a rider, what would you be?I have no idea.
Favourite film:Speed, or anything with fast cars.
Favourite music:I listen to everything.
Best friend in the peloton:Everyone at Team Sky.
Funniest team-mate:Bradley, Richie and Bernie the most, but there are quite a few funny guys on the team.
Favourite food:When Soren, the team chef, is cooking I'll eat anything.
Most famous person you've met:In cycling you get to see a lot of famous people.
Most embarrassing moment:Whenever a race photographer is in front of me.
Best advice:Learn from your successes, and your failures.
World Championships Under-23 Road Race winner
Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali - 1st stage 1b (TTT)
Belarusian National Road Championships - 1st; Course de la Paix - 1st stage five
Giro dell'Appennino - 2nd; Tre Valli Varesine - 3rd; Tour de Georgia - 1st overall and one stage win
Giro d'Italia - 1st stage eight; Tour de Romandie - 1st stage one (TTT)
Tour de Romandie - 1st stage three (TTT); Giro d'Italia - 1st stage one (TTT); 1st stage eight
Vuelta a Espana - 1st stage one (TTT)
Giro d'Italia - 10th overall and one stage win (TTT); Belarusian Time Trial National Championships - 1st