Stefan Bissegger: Previous generations couldn’t run for themselves – now when you’re good you can get results

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Stefan Bissegger is part of the new wave of young riders who are not afraid to take on the biggest names in sport.

Rider EF Education-Nippo, a Tour de France stage 20 time trial competitor, shared his thoughts on why young riders reach the top of the sport.

In previous generations, even the most talented young pros had to ride to support their veteran team leaders, Bissegger said, while today’s teams will try their luck with untested riders if they believe in their skills. capabilities.

The 22-year-old Swiss pro said Weekly Cycling: “The philosophy of everything has changed because we start training like pros earlier, we start to live like pros. In addition, the race is different because the level of the under 23 years is much higher than before.

“The walk isn’t that big anymore and the teams also let you run alone. It’s not like 10/20 years ago. when you were a new pro you always had to ride for the other guys but now when they see you are good they let you do whatever you can and get results.

He added: “The previous generations didn’t have the chance to run alone. They always had to run for their leaders, there was no way you as a neo-pro could run for your own results. Even if you were the strongest, you had to run for the old leader.

Bissegger, who is playing his first full season at WorldTour level after joining EF halfway through 2020, already has three professional wins to his name, including the Paris-Nice time trial earlier this year.

Data, according to Bissegger, is another factor in adulthood in your early twenties (and in some cases still into their teens).

Power meter data and heart rate trackers like WHOOP, a sponsor of EF Education-Nippo that offers insight into sleep, recovery, and physical exertion, all contribute to increased professionalism for less. 23 years old.

Bissegger said, “With WHOOP and things like that, you learn how your body reacts and you learn it when you’re younger.

“There’s also the power meter, that kind of stuff. You start training professionally at a younger age than before.

He is now aiming for stage victory in his first Grand Tour, the Tour de France.

His first chance, the stage five time trial, victory was out of reach as he was one of the only riders to have faced his race in the pouring rain, eventually finishing 18th.

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But on stage 20, conditions are more conducive to a solid performance for Bissegger, who is the provisional leader at the time of writing.

WHOOP data from Stefan Bissegger from stage 14

WHOOP data from Stefan Bissegger from stage 14

(Image credit: WHOOP)


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