PEZ: The 2007 season, a good one for you? If so, why?
DZ: It was not my best season ever as far as results but I improved on a few things that I think will help me in the coming years. Defending the national TT was important to me, so I was happy with that.
PEZ: When is it time to move-on from a team?
DZ: I had no reason to leave CSC — everything was perfect there. However, the Slipstream opportunity came up and I really got excited to do something new.
PEZ: What will you miss about CSC?
DZ: I will miss everybody there from Bjarne to the bus driver. They are a great group of people who really enjoy what they do and that brings out the best in everybody.
PEZ: What won’t you miss?
DZ: Christian — oops…
Zabriskie has been at it at the top level for a looong while.
PEZ: What’s the best thing about being back on a US squad?
DZ: I’d have to say spending a little more time in America and trying to pass down things I’ve learned over the years to younger American cyclists.
PEZ: How does the Slipstream training camp compare to the CSC camp?
DZ: We are doing our camp at altitude so we have to have the right balance of rest with the training so the blocks aren’t quite as long. Everyone seems really fit – you can tell everyone is serious and ready to go.
PEZ: First impressions on the Felts, especially the time trial bikes?
DZ: Once you get your position dialed, they are nice bikes. I haven’t ridden the TT bike that much yet.
They are trying to make a custom stem so I can get as low as before…. I know they test really fast in the tunnel.
PEZ: Argyle – the Davie Zee view please?
DZ: What was that? I wasn’t listening….
PEZ: What’s your programme for 2008?
Tour of Bahamas, Tour of California, Redlands, Criterium International, Circuit de la Sarthe, Tour de Georgia, Giro…
PEZ: What are the squad’s main goals for 2008?
DZ:To grow together as a strong team and get an invite to the TDF.
PEZ: And your own goals for 2008?
DZ: Improve on my cage fighting skills – those guys are making mad money.
PEZ: Who will be the main targets on the squad for Davie Zee humour?
DZ: Probably everyone at one time or another.
PEZ: How does a specialist time triallist, like you manage to hone their skills among all the racing and endurance training?
DZ: I’d say, at this point, TTing is all about attitude.
PEZ: Give our readers a couple of tips about time trialling, please.
DZ: Go as fast as you can, faster than that.
Most satisfying…and vomitous ride.
PEZ: What was the ride that gave you most satisfaction in your career so far?
DZ: I’d say the Vuelta stage win in 2004. I went so deep all day long I was puking on myself. But, I was happy when it all worked out.
PEZ: What was the biggest disappointment of your career so far?
DZ: I don’t know why but I was really sad about not winning the last TT in the Giro last year, but now I’m over it.
PEZ: A final word, on Jonathan Vaughters sideburns.
DZ: It worked for Elvis.
A Wild Card bid to Le Tour and a Yellow Jersey would be magical for Slipstream in 2008.
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