David de la Cruz: Dave Brailsford is the Steve Jobs of cycling
Nov 26 2017 08:35 pm CET

David de la Cruz: Dave Brailsford is the Steve Jobs of cycling
David de la Cruz: Dave Brailsford is the Steve Jobs of cycling
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David de la Cruz had his first meeting with Team Sky. The Spaniard doesn't regret moving to a team that impresses him from every perspective.

De la Cruz already knows that he will have to adapt to the ways of working with the British team and that it has its own ways of doing things, behind which is Sir Dave Brailsford. "I would say that he is the Steve Jobs of cycling," said the rider to Spanish newspaper Sport. "He's very smart, but I think he stands out in his ways of leading and communicating. He makes you believe that everything he says is possible.

"In 2010 he said he wanted to win a Tour de France with an Englishman and two years later he managed it with (Bradley) Wiggins. In seven years, he has won the most important race in the world five times and his ambitions haven't diminished. Now he wants to win the three Grand Tours because nobody has done it before. And now we are all on board with that dream."

The rider also likes the modern ways of Sky of seeing the world of cycling. "The essence is the same. It has introduced novelties based on scientific advances and goes a step ahead," he explained. "It is closer to the mentality of teams of Formula 1 or MotoGP than to other cycling squads. It measures the seconds they can save with determined material. It questions everything and does a lot of research, from the tubular to the jerseys."

"Sky knows that it is the strongest team and a reference that everybody looks at and analyses constantly. It introduced the roller system after the stages and now everybody does it. I like the way it experiences everything. They know everybody is looking and that gives them another reason to research every day and do things better."

De la Cruz knows he will have to work hard to get a prominent spot in the squad but believes that this will push him to improve. "I have the impression that with them I will take a step forward and that is what I want," the Spaniard commented. "I am a General Classification rider and the team's philosophy is closer to my own characteristics. If I manage to get my own spot I would have a bigger support to achieve my goals. If I was a sprinter or a classics rider, I wouldn't have moved away from Quick Step."

"I still have to determine my calendar for 2018, even (Chris) Froome is not certain about his. On a personal level, my objective is the Vuelta but I don't know if I will ride the Tour or even the Giro. I would like to go to the Tour to see how everything works around Froome and how he prepares for it."

De la Cruz believes the four-time winner of the Tour de France still has many years to go. "We are seeing that there are riders that at 36 continue being very competitive," he explained. "Every time there's a higher dosage of competition days and the food is very much under control. We are seeing a process in which professional riders can make their careers longer."

After his first meeting with Froome as a teammate, the rider got a very good impression. "He is a very warm person. When he puts on his number, he changes and shows all his ambition. But when the ride is over, you get surprised at how accessible he is and how humbly he behaves. He doesn't behave like a star."




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