Exclusive - Jhonatan Narváez: Team Sky wants to achieve perfection
Feb 21 2019 09:05 pm CET

Exclusive - Jhonatan Narváez: Team Sky wants to achieve perfection
Exclusive - Jhonatan Narváez: Team Sky wants to achieve perfection
Photo of Jhonatan Narváez by Team Sky

Jhonatan Narváez is Ecuador's second rider in the UCI WorldTour, and is set for a new campaign after joining Team Sky at the start of the current season. CyclingPub's Marcelo Hernández spoke to him.

The 21-year-old Narváez recently started his fourth season in professional cycling, having spent one season each at Klein Constantia, Axeon-Hagens Berman and Quick-Step Floors before agreeing terms with Dave Brailsford's Team Sky.

Being born in Ecuador however, meant that Narváez faced a difficult path to make it to this level. "Yes, it was hard," he told CyclingPub.com. "I believe that for every Latin American rider it's hard to initiate a career in cycling, for the mere fact of being in Latin America, where cycling isn’t that spread."

Nevertheless, the rider managed to attract the interest of Klein Constantia. "I did track cycling early in my career, and I set a record in individual pursuit in 2015. That record gave me the opportunity to join the team."

Having spent a year in the WorldTour, he now knows more about what it takes to ride at the highest level in cycling. "There is a big difference between riding with a World Tour team compared to continental teams. It is pretty difficult to adapt yourself to the hard work and the life that comes with being part of a world tour team.

"It’s the discipline. The discipline to train properly, to rest enough, to do thing right."

Narváez doesn't think that the step to Team Sky will make a big difference, although he acknowledges that his new team is more focused on the small details.

"Being at Sky is a little bit more demanding but is not that different from other teams. The difference is that at Sky we work hard trying to achieve perfection. Of course, nothing is perfect and there are always things to improve, but we work every day to achieve perfection," he explained.

"I have a good relationship with all the other riders (at Team Sky). It has been easy for me to adapt because I speak English. But of course, I talk more with the Colombian riders.

"I now share a team with some really experienced riders so I want to learn as much as I can from them. That’s my goal."

With Movistar's Richard Carapaz and Narváez now representing Ecuador in the WorldTour, the rider believes that the future looks good for his compatriots that dream of making it to the top.

"I think cycling (in Ecuador) is going to remain constant, if the pro riders keep showing their skills and keep dreaming.




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