Team Marketing Coordinator Milay Galvez got the chance to speak with Diadora-Pasta Zara veteran Olga Zabelinskaya recently about her goals for the 2011 season. The 31-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia, who has compiled dozens of international victories since she began her cycling career more than 10 years ago and who finished third in this month”s Energiewacht Tour Stage 3, tells us about what makes the Diadora-Pasta Zara team so special.
MILAY: What is your first priority for the 2011 season?
OLGA: To win the Giro! And if I can’t win myself, I will help one of my teammates win. And of course, the Russian National Championship.
MILAY: How do you feel about the Diadora-Pasta Zara 2011 squad?
OLGA: I feel very, very comfortable. That is why I stayed with this team after last season.
MILAY: What do you think of the young riders?
OLGA: I don’t feel there is any difference between young and older riders. We all are links of the same chain; if there is a weak link, we all fail. It does not matter old or young. We have a very good chain this season.
MILAY: What is special about this team?
OLGA: Trust is very important for me. I trust everyone on my team.
MILAY: What do you think of your Fuji bike?
OLGA: I was on the Nurnberger team in 2004, so I have a bit of experience with Fuji. And the bike has gotten even better. It’s light, and I feel very comfortable on it.