He also highlights Australia as a high point, and references training and then racing alongside Chris Froome for the first time - someone who it’s clear he looks up to.
“You can learn every day with him,” continues Kenny. “He’s quite chilled and off the bike he is a very kind, relaxed person… But on the bike he is a beast! Even in the bunch he is a real fighter. When he gets on his bike with numbers pinned on his back he’s not the same person anymore! He doesn’t give an inch. You can learn a lot from that.
“Then there’s his dedication. Everyone talks about this, but it’s true: from January to the end of his season, he is the same. It’s not even his results. Take away his results, it’s his way of doing things, dealing with things. As a leader he can lose one minute, he can crash, and he doesn’t give up. His mentality is always the same. He is as strong in his mind as he is physically.”
Now fully settled into the team, it’s obvious Kenny is excited about 2018: “We will have a chat in the new weeks and I would like to do more Grand Tours - I would love to do the Giro and then the Vuelta. You learn a lot from doing these races with the team – how we recover, and the ways to deal with it all.
“The reason I learnt a lot at the Giro is because I was in the team environment for three weeks, riding with Landa and G. Learning not to get overexcited when everything is really good or too sad when it’s bad. The Giro helped me a lot for the second part of the season.
“Even if you have been in the team for a long time, the team keeps bringing new things to the riders. We are always dynamic. As a rider, for the experience, it’s really good.”