04 Feb Interview with Tom Bohli
Today we interview one of the several young cycling talents who have arrived to the WorldTour this season. The 22-years-old Swiss Tom Bohli graduated to the WorldTour brother squad signing his first professional contract.
How did you get into the world of cycling?
Due to my father, who is a huge cycling fan, I started racing for fun in national mountain bike series at the age of 12. At this time, I just started training daily, to achieve my big goal to get the prize of a week in Cyprus, where only the first two in the end year ranking could go to. I managed to achieve it and from there on I could not put the bike beside anymore. Later I switched to road racing because I wanted to compete in international races with the National Team, as an U17 rider.
Who did you admire the most when you were younger?
As a Swiss rider, it is clear, that the one who I admired the most was Fabian Cancellara; but surely also other very big cycling legends like Samuel Sanchez or Philippe Gilbert, were in the center of my admiration.
You have been part of BMC Devo Team for the last 3 seasons. How much did it help you to develop you career?
It was a really good time in the Devo Team. This team represents the Pro Team and all the Brands stands for, just on a lower level, reachable for youngster riders. Procedures, equipment, clothing, food and just almost everything are the same as what pro riders are given, which gives these young riders the opportunity to get used to the way the team acts. After spending 3 years in the Devo Team, I haven’t felt much difference when I switched to the Pro Team. I am thankful to my Team because now I feel well prepared for this step and I know what the Team expects from me.
Which would you choose if you had to say what was your top moment since you are a cyclist?
I already owe to cycling a lot of good moments in my young career; but surely, when I became Junior Track Cycling World Champion was one of my best moments until now, as it was also making my first appearance with the Pro Team in London last year.
In your first race as BMC rider, the Eurometropole, you finished 9th on the general classification. How was it?
It was a really good feeling. I am aware of that it was not a very big event for many Pro riders, but for me it was a good and an important race, and it showed me that I am on the right way to be where I always wanted to be.
How would you rate your 2015 season?
My final balance for 2015 is certainly a very good one, because not only I got more experienced and mature, but also the races got harder, and in spite of that, I had some very good results and I was able to celebrate nice victories last year.
What’s the biggest difference between the U23 and WT races?
I do personally think, that the biggest difference between U23 and WT races is the higher level in the latter ones. In a WorldTour event, every rider is a strong rider. Thus, differences during in a race are very difficult to make. Furthermore, the courses are much longer than in the U23.
Which are your main goals for this session?
This is a very difficult question, because as I do not have enough previous experience in the Pro Peloton I could not estimate my chances easily. But it is sure that making a good team job is the most important goal during my first season a pro rider, and whenever it will be possible, making a good personal result as well. There are, indeed, some nice races that would suit me very well and that I am going to race, so I am really excited and ambitious too.
And last question, currently you ride with some of the best cyclist in the peloton as Philippe Gilbert, Greg Van Avermaet, Tejay Van Garderen… Have you spoken with them? Did they give you any advice or did they help you somehow?
Sure I did already speak with them, I am in the Team with them, and to be honest, they are much more familiar and friendly than I thought such big riders would be. We were speaking a lot and about everything, about our holidays, our preferred and certainly also about cycling and how I can improve myself. It is sure that I can and I want to learn a lot from such experienced riders, so I got a lot and very good advices from all of them and from actually most of the riders in the Team.
Lastly, a short quick answer test:
A meal: Späzli
A TV serie: the Simpsons, How I met your mother
A movie: Star Wars (I-VI)
Favorite athlete (no cyclist): Roger Federer
A city: VeraCruz
What would you have been if you were not a cyclist: Difficult question, I think something in science
Thank you very much Tom, we wish you have an extraordinary 2016 season.