Quickfire Q&A – Luke Rowe


Team Sky’s Welshman, Luke Rowe, takes the VeloUK quickfire Q&A before heading off Down Under for the start of his 2016 season

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Quickfire Q&A – Luke Rowe


1. What were your personal highlights in 2015?
Luke: There’s two stand out moments for me and they’re probably what you would expect. Eighth in Paris Roubaix and being in the Tour de France winning team. Both were pretty special moments!

2. Do you know what your early season races will be for 2016 and if so, what are the ones you are looking forward to most?
Luke: I’m en-route to Australia as I’m typing this. So I will spend six weeks down there racing Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Road Race and the Sun Tour. Got to escape the European weather – must be getting soft in my old age!

3. What race was the most fun in 2015 and why?
Luke: I enjoyed the two one day races in Canada, Montreal and Quebec. I was in bad condition after an injury following the TDF so I went there purely to help and with no pressure. Also, it was my last race with Bernie Eisel so we enjoyed a few good bye beers along the way – he’s a top top bloke.

4. What’s the best piece of cycling related advice you’ve been given?
Luke: Eat less, train more.


Luke at work at the British RR champs in Wales in 2014 with another Welshman on his wheel, Jon Mould.

5. When racing, is it all business and hard work or is there time for banter and are you finding more and more riders to chat to after a few years in the pro peloton?
Luke: Mainly all business. I don’t really like talking or catching up when I race. Without realising it, you can waste energy and you find yourself switching off and you can make mistakes. When I race, it’s game on. If I want to catch up with someone I’ll go for a drink with them!

6. What are your ambitions for 2016?
Luke: Become a key player in the classics. Go to the Tour de France again and win it with Froome dawg. Help Mark Cavendish win the Worlds in Qatar.

7. Is living the dream as a pro bike rider better, worse or as you expected it would be and what are the best and worst things about making a living from cycling?
Luke: When it’s good it’s really good but when it’s bad it’s really bad. 99% of the time, I love it and yes I am living the dream. I get paid to do what I love. But then there are times obviously and naturally when you have an off day and miss home, or miss someone or can’t be bothered to ride your bike etc. But then you just slap yourself and tell yourself to man up. I love my job and could never sit behind a desk no matter how much you paid me!



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