North American rider Matteo Jorgenson has been one of the standout riders of the spring season, racking up wins and top placings left, right, and centre as he switched from stage racing to Classics and back again.
The 23-year-old has come on leaps and bounds to start his fourth season with Movistar, kicking off his year with an overall win at the Tour of Oman before taking on Belgium’s Opening Weekend and then placing top 10 with the best young rider title at Paris-Nice.
He rounded out spring Classics season with a fourth place as best of the rest behind the ‘big three’ at the E3 Saxo Classic and top 10 at the Tour of Flanders, then concluded his spring with a second place at the recent Tour de Romandie.
Last year, Jorgenson became known for battling again and again for a win that seemingly wouldn’t come – as demonstrated by three big days in the break and three top fives at the Tour de France.
Now, the Californian is among the contenders in every race he starts, regardless of terrain. He took to Twitter (opens in new tab) on Tuesday to give a detailed look into how exactly he came to put up the best spring of his young career.
Jorgenson said that he had “spent every penny of my salary so far this year” on self-improvement, heading on solo training camps in addition to Movistar’s own and investing in improvements in time trial equipment as well as hiring a nutritionist.
“I hired a nutritionist and have weighed and logged every gram of food I’ve eaten since December to make sure I’m always at race weight and adequately fuelled. It’s all paid off,” he wrote.
Jorgenson singled out Movistar technical manager and aero guru Ivan Velasco and team coach Patxi Vila for praise in helping him make a step to the next level.
He also made mention of former USA Cycling coach and current EF Education-EasyPost performance manager Nate Wilson, who advised him several years ago that, “as long as you maintain consistency and get the simple things right, every ride or race, no matter how well or badly perceived at the time, will push the body forward.”
Jorgenson has gone from pushing himself hard through the 2021 spring season and suffering at the following Giro d’Italia, he said, to doing the same again at last year’s Tour de France, a race that boosted his confidence for the new season.
Following the conclusion of Romandie, where he raced into virtual yellow on the penultimate day only to be overhauled for the win by Adam Yates, Jorgenson is already looking ahead to his next…
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