Feature – Andy Fenn Q & A


Team Sky’s sprinter Andy Fenn is the next rider to take the VeloUK question and answer challenge

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Feature – Andy Fenn Q & A

Andy is now in his fifth year as a professional and has grown into a key role at Team Sky. He helped the team to victory at the Volta ao Algarve and E3 Harelbeke, and played his part in numerous stage wins. In a recent interview with VeloUK, Elia Viviani said of Andy “Andy Fenn is one of the best lead out riders for me.”

Fenn is a powerful rider with a fast finish – attributes he showcased perfectly with his back-to-back successes at the 2012 Trofeo Palma and Trofeo Migjorn. He is also well suited to the Classics and will provide strong support in those tough one-day races whilst also continuing to pack a punch in the sprints.


1. When will you start your road season and what will be the first race?
Andy: I start in Majorca. Majorca Challenge. Mostly likely 2 maybe 3 days out the 4.  I am in Majorca most of January anyway, so we just run the training camp into the first races.

2. What races will be your targets for 2016 and why?
Andy: The Spring classic period. I got to do nearly all of them last season, quite a few of them for the first time however, so I’m looking forward to doing them again this year, with the good group we have for them at Team Sky.

3. How will you spend the time on the bike between now and your first race in training? Long miles or cutting back to do top end efforts?
Andy: Like I said I will be spending most of January in Majorca. General volume will still stay pretty high, but will shift the focus more to shorter top end efforts now, as we prepare to start the racing season.

4. What was your favourite Xmas present?
Andy: A gift from Liz, which was a cologne by Map of the heart, V2. It always a plus when she likes how I smell!

5. When it rains, which its doing a lot right now, is it turbo time or wrap up and get wet? (if the latter, what’s your favourite tip to stay dry in the rain)
Andy: I’ve been really lucky this winter being based in Lucca, Italy. There’s only been a couple of times I’ve had to ride in the rain so far this winter. However the rain is on the way. My tip would be get on the turbo for a hour or however long your head can handle, then get out as normal, less time in the rain, but get the hours in easier. Not the coolest bit of kit, but those ass savers do make a big difference. Rapha kit is the best kit I’ve had in cold weather as well.


Andy on the front of the chasing peloton on stage 1 of the Tour of Britain in 2015

6. If you could do any race in the world including the best ones in the world etc, what would it be and why?
Andy: Paris Roubaix, my favourite race, love to race and watch it, I just do. Also the Tour de France, it’s one of the biggest sport events in the world, not just in cycling. It would be nice to achieve something in it sometime in my career.

7. What piece of food can you not do without where ever you are on the road during the season!
Andy: Ketchup, Greek yoghurt, protein powder.

8. If given the option, would you prefer normal brakes or disc brakes on your road bike?
Andy: A few guys have tried the disc brake version of the Pinarello f8, but I haven’t had the chance yet. Discs brakes are not something I feel I need, or have a disadvantage not having, but I do see it going that way over time.

9. What’s the spec of your race bike for 2016
Spec for my race bike is exactly the same as last year.

Pinarello f8 frame.
Shimano Dura ace throughout, including wheels.
Pro handlebar and stem.
Fizik Aliante saddle.
Stages power meter.
Continental tyres.

Thanks Andy, good luck in 2016!

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