A year ago I was living in Manchester. I was part of British Cycling, doing track and road, a mix, and now I’ve moved down to France, training in the sun and the hills. In China we had a 212km stage, with 7km neutral. That’s the level you have to be at - rock up, knock out a 212km stage. That’s definitely been a big change. Then there’s the level. You know it’s the WorldTour so it’s going to be hard, but then you see it, the level it takes to win at those races. It’s impressive.
Best piece of advice
Servais [Knaven] has given me some of the best tips, but I would go back to Kneesy again. Before Roubaix he said, ‘Look guys, we’re a team. We really want to be at the front at the key points. If you’re there, that’s fine, you should be there - but if you’re not there you better have crashed, otherwise there’s no excuse.’ That’s his attitude.