Michael Albasini

Michael joined Team HTC-Columbia in 2009. He brings strength in the mountains and the experience of three editions of the Tour de France. He is quiet and unassuming and very dedicated to the team and to the sport of cycling.

2010 Results

* Winner of Tour of Britain overall

* 1st Place - Tour of Britain Stage 3

What are you doing when you’re not cycling?

I enjoy being with my family. I also like playing with my coffee machine to make the perfect cappuccino or espresso.

What do you like about riding for Team HTC-Columbia?

I will begin in February to ride for Columbia-HTC, but at the training camp, I got to know a sympatic team of perfectionists…

What is your greatest childhood memory on 2 wheels?

At 12 years, I climbed the Galibier to watch Indurain and Rominger at the Tour de France.

How did you get into cycling?

By my father, he was an avid cyclist and founded the Veloclub, with whom I did my first races.

What has been your biggest challenge as a pro cyclist?

To have more responsibility in the races.

Share a memorable pro career moment:

My first lap at my first Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées…

What is your most embarrassing moment?

My time trials in the stage 2007

What is the best book you have ever read?

Montalbano, Martin Suter

What is your favorite comfort food?

Everything if I can watching TV or better: going out to a good restaurant

What can someone do that really bothers you?

If I am in a good mood, nearly nothing. When I am tired or grumpy, nearly everything…

Specialized

November 29, 2010

I haven’t had anything too exciting to blog about since Budapest, until now! I’m very excited to be joining the Specialized team this year. I’m so grateful that they even considered supporting me, so I was thrilled when I found out that I would be part of the team. The bikes are super fast, the people are so friendly and helpful, and there will be a Specialized truck at the WCS events this year for support on the road. I’m on my way home from their headquarters in California where I was fit for a bike and was introduced to lots of cool, talented people. It took me about 24 hours to get there after 2 cancelled flights and a few delays, but it was well worth the trip. This place was AMAZING! Thanks so much to Bobby, Aaron, Garth, and so many others for the fantastic gear, the awesome bike fit and for being such great hosts for Michelle and me. I can’t wait to ride my new bike!!!

Fit on a tri bike juuuuust incase

Contadors 2010 Tour de France bike

I’ve had a really good few months back at school with a more relaxed training schedule, and swimming lots with the varsity team. It’s been a nice change of routine but I’m looking forward to getting school over with and training lots again. I’m going to Maui with the U of A swim team for 2 weeks after Christmas, and then meeting up with everyone for our triathlon camp right after that. 5 weeks in Maui… sounds good to me! Now I just need to get through exams living in this awful -30 degree weather, and I’m good to go :)

Stats for Michael Albasini are coming soon.