Last season Johnny Hoogerland was forced to look for a new team after Vacansoleil folded at the end of the year. The Dutch national champion is now riding for Gianni Savio’s Androni Giocattoli team. He’s had a steady start to the year and finished inside the bunch at E3 Harelbeke.
Cyclingnews caught up with him at the start of Gent-Wevelgem to see how he was settling into the Pro Continental team.
“It’s different, different culture. It is what it is. It’s an Italian team so it is very different to riding in a Dutch team. Basically, I do the same races. So in the programme I don’t really feel much different. It’s a lot smaller than in a pro team, that’s the big difference.”
Hoogerland also got a chance to hold his three-month old daughter, who was born on Christmas day last year, before he rolled off to the start.
“It’s special, it’s a big responsibility. It’s nice though,” he told Cyclingnews. It changes my perspective on life, but not on racing.”