Giro d'Italia: Twitter Q&A with Matt White

Orica-GreenEdge directeur sportif on Yates, Ewan, Chaves and more

On Thursday morning, as stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia rolled out of Ponte, Cyclingnews was joined from the Orica-GreenEdge team car by Matt White for a live Q&A. 

We asked readers to send in their questions for the Australian directeur sportif, who discussed everything from how the Giro d'Italia is going from the point of view of sprinter Caleb Ewan and GC contender Esteban Chaves, to his take on Simon Yates' recent positive test for Terbutaline and the internal tensions between Michael Matthews and Simon Gerrans.  

Nicholas Hall (@nhall444)
How is Caleb handling the Giro, his shoulders dropped yesterday as he crossed the line.

Matt White: He's handling the Giro well. There's no doubt that it's a big step up for him but it's a great experience and he's enjoying it. Today is all about survival and then tomorrow is another opportunities for the sprinters. His race is going okay. We would have obviously liked some better results in the sprints but it's a big step up and he's 21. There are still opportunities though and we'll be backing Caleb all the way.

Anthony Power (@pownutrition)
Matt, who crunches all the data and decides on training goals, weight, watts etc? 

MW: We have a variety of coaching staff and full time people. Then there are the coaches who are directly in control and woking with the athletes. And then I talk on a regular basis with the coaching staff about how the riders are doing, schedules and race plans. It's a real team effort that goes on, both on the road and behind the scenes.

Peter Bizet (@PBijzet)
How is Rob Power doing? And how good is Chaves actually?

MW: Rob is on his bike but he's waiting on certain tests, which he has to do every six weeks. He needs those tests before he can get the all-clear. He's on his bike at the moment but with regards to when he comes back to racing, that's really in the hands of the medical staff.

As for Chaves, we know he's good. You don't finish top five in a Grand Tour unless you're class. He won Avenir a few years ago but I think the Giro will show us where he is. It's a really hard race. Today suits him, and he's in good form so the stage win is up for grabs.

Gareth Rees (@garethrees9)
Any update on Simon Yates? How will this affect his development?

MW: The update is that he's on his bike and he is training for the Dauphiné.

Dinesh Kumar (@dineshschleck)
How did you manage both star riders bling Mathews and Simon Gerrans... Is there any problems between them?

MW: They're professionals but they're also people, and that's how I treat them. You get to know your riders and you have relationships with them that are built up over time. That's how you really manage them.

Bicycle Fred (@BicycleFred)
Looking forward to 2018 Giro starting in Japan and climbing Mt Fuji?

MW: I'm really looking forward to this. It's been a while since I've been to Japan and know that the boys are excited too. It will be good if we can iron out the rest days and all the details but it will be huge to have the Giro there. I think it could really work.

Joey (@joeycycle)
Who does @darylimpey cheer for when the boks play the aussies?

MW: That's an easy one. The Boks.

Liezl (@liezlhenrich)
Do you have your eye on any other South African rider to join Daryl on the squad?

Matt: It's early in the contract season so I've not got anyone on the radar at the moment. I know that there are a couple of good young ones out there and floating around but they may not be ready for WorldTour level just yet.

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