"It's important not to take things for granted" - Christophe Laporte knows results won't come by without hard work

Since joining Jumbo-Visma, Christophe Laporte has developed into a top-tier rider who is to be accounted for especially on classics. The 30-year-old Frenchman however is not the only in an upward spiral, as the same goes for most of his teammates.

"Right now we are in that phase where everything is clicking, and that is very exciting," Laporte told Rouleur. "It's important not to take things for granted. Just because we win doesn't mean everything is perfect. You have to keep asking questions."

According to the current European champion, that is also the strength of Jumbo-Visma. "This is a team that really does everything 100%. Every detail is studied. And then there is the atmosphere in the team. We know that when we start a race, we are racing for victory. We don't enter a competition asking questions. We are going to win. There's a snowball effect and it's so inspiring."

Laporte sees that the biggest difference at Jumbo-Visma is the repetition of extensive altitude camps and a real focus on nutrition and equipment. "We didn't really do altitude camps at Cofidis in the past, but here at Jumbo we do two three-week camps and a two-week camp in the first half of the season. We do two three-week camps in February and May, and right after the Critérium du Dauphiné we leave for a two-week camp just before the Tour de France. That's a lot, but it makes a difference. The same goes for nutrition, with an app that calculates the nutritional value of everything we eat."

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