Nicolai Brochner had some physical controversy this season during the Tour of Normandy. His foot swelled for seemingly no good reason and provided enough discomfort that the always tough Danish pro had to pull out at around the half-way point of that race. Worse, it required that he not ride at all for almost two weeks during a key part of an important season.
Typical Nicolai though, he took it in stride and did everything he could to heal up and get back on the bike as soon as possible. Any aspiring young bike racer can learn a lot from his lifestyle on and off the bike and this is yet another example. Diet, rest, training and attitude are huge for any professional athlete and especially one that decides to go for the most physically grueling sport on the planet.
So it was not a surprise to see Nicolai not only come back for the An Post Ras in Ireland last week, but come back better! A very short build period lead right back into anaerobic intervals and sprints and then onto wins on two tough stages at this beautiful event (and a super close 2nd also!):
Stage 8 (this one even scored the possibly only non-Irish interview!):
To say “more to come from this guy” would be an understatement.