English lessons for European pros

Do you speak English? More and more pro cyclists are being forced to answer, "yes, more or less" to...

Do you speak English? More and more pro cyclists are being forced to answer, "yes, more or less" to that question. T-Mobile tested all its riders at its autumn team meeting and prescribed lessons. The Italian-German team Milram has also chosen English as its team language. Now the Swiss Phonak team is jumping on the bandwagon. The riders aren't only training their legs everyday at the training camp on Mallorca, they're training their heads, too. Three English teachers give daily 90-minute lessons every morning.

"The English course will help the team's mood," said team manager John Lelangue. The team's website noted that the students seem to share this opinion: "After only the first lesson there were many smiling faces as Spaniards, French and Swiss attempted to speak English with each other."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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