Sivakov relishing the Tour de Suisse

13 Jun 2018

Sivakov relishing the Tour de Suisse

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Pavel Sivakov is excited about testing himself against the world’s best across the final five stages at the Tour de Suisse.

Sivakov, just 20, is relishing racing on the WorldTour after a knee injury kept him out of action in the early part of the season.

He made his Team Sky debut at Coppi e Bartali in March and has subsequently raced at the Tour of the Basque Country, Tour de Romandie, Tour of California and the Hammer Series.

And now Sivakov, leading the team for the first time, is set to do battle with the world’s best climbers in Switzerland as the race heads for the mountains.
Pavel Sivakov

Pavel Sivakov

I felt good in California, even stronger at the Hammer Series, and I hope to be good here.
He said: “I’m really happy considering the injury I had. I don’t have the same base as most of the guys so I’m happy with my level at the moment. I’m building up race-by-race - I can feel that.

“I will see where I’m at on the climbs. I think I have my best shape of the season so far right now. I felt good in California, even stronger at the Hammer Series, and I hope to be good here.”

Sivakov is part of a star-studded field in Switzerland, with the likes of Richie Porte (BMC), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) tuning up for the Tour de France.

“Of course I won’t be climbing with the best guys who are going to the Tour but I will be very happy if I can do a top 15 on GC,” he continued. “That would be great. I’m really excited to know what my level is, and what I have to work on to be there with them in the future.”

Pavel has built into the nine-day race, and finished strongly every day in Switzerland. He rode to an impressive 13th on stage four, hanging tough in the peloton in torrid conditions.

“We’ve had two days in a row of really bad weather,” he explained. “The first day was really warm but since then… It’s really rained!

“Yesterday was pretty tricky, especially the last downhill. We had a final 7km climb, not so steep, but the last downhill was really wet and pretty slippery. It was hectic. We made sure we were at the front on the last climb and in the downhill to stay safe.”

Now, it’s time for the mountains.
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