Jorgenson reveals the keys to his great spring with Movistar

At 23 years old, Matteo Jorgenson has become the great revelation of Movistar and the world of cycling at the start of the 2023 season after a stage victory and the general in the Tour of Oman, a Top-10 in Paris Nice, fourth place in the E3 Saxo Classic and his ninth place in a monument like the Tour of Flanders, in addition to his second placed overall in the Tour de Romandie.

A Jorgenson who, this Tuesday, has published a thread on his Twitter account to reveal the secret of his great spring in 2023. “Here is a summary of my best spring. People keep asking how I took such a big step, so I thought I’d put it in a little thread.”

The American wanted to start his thread by highlighting a piece of advice he received during his early days in cycling and that he always tries to put into practice. “First of all, things don’t happen overnight, not even in a year. The biggest thing I learned years ago from Nate Wilson was that as long as you stay consistent and do the simple things right, every race, no matter how good or bad you are at the time, you’ll pull through. Perhaps the most important thing I have done in the last four years has been to dig deep into moments of fatigue. and, most importantly, rest until you leave them behind.”

However, Jorgenson also confesses that in his first years as a professional he went through very hard times. “Every year I have repeated this cycle. In 2021 I fell really deep during the spring and had an absolutely horrible Giro where every day I came to the finish line with the last riders. In 2022 the Tour de France was a great stimulus from which I was recovering until December ”.

Jorgenson also confesses that his participation last year in the Tour de France, where he came close to winning the stage in the rounds of Mégeve, Saint-Etienne and Foix, as well as finishing in the Top-20 overall, was a point turning point in his career. “That Tour de France gave me the confidence that it was very close. So for 2023 I set big goals for myself. They were very challenging because I wanted to alternate between grand tours and classics and vice versa.

The Movistar cyclist stressed that he has made a lot of effort with the aim of continuing to improve. “Now I can say that I have spent every penny of my salary this year on my own performance. Between individual concentrations, time trial material, nutrition, massages and transmoto training. All this has made me better and more versatile”.

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Jorgenson revealed how he prepared this start of the season with the help of Iván Velasco, one of Movistar’s performance managers, and how he controlled his diet and weight. “In January I spent almost the entire month alone in a high altitude concentration. I bought some custom time trial extensions with the help and testing of Iván Velasco. I hired a nutritionist and weighed and logged every gram of food I’ve eaten since December to make sure I was always at race weight and with adequate energy. And here are the hits.”

The American also had words of thanks to Patxi Vila and how he helped him to recover after the races. “Many thanks also to my coach Patxi Vila. He drew the line between competition and recovery in a way he had never experienced. His ability to bring my body to his explosiveness in some races and bring back efficiency for others was truly amazing. Also, dealing with my constant voicemails and obsession with data was a feat in itself.”

Lastly, Jorgenson wanted to thank his Movistar teammates for the work done in these first races of the year before taking a well-deserved rest to continue fighting for his goals in 2023. “And last but not least thanks to my incredible Movistar Team. Every cyclist who sacrificed their own results to protect me from the wind. You are my boys. I can’t tag everyone but you know who you are. Now, it’s time to rest and reflect for a few days before doing it all over again this summer. I close thread. Bye”.

This Wednesday Jorgenson wrote a new tweet to clarify the message about his equipment expenses and how Movistar has helped him with it. “I want to clarify something because it seems that a lot of people have misunderstood it. Movistar has supported me tremendously and continues to do so. Its structure is a place where any cyclist can grow in an incredible way. I just wanted to qualify that after all the questions.” A Jorgenson who hopes to continue to shine at Movistar this season while waiting for a contract renewal this summer to continue growing as one of the great figures in the peloton.

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