Born January 13, 1987 in Chisinau, Moldova, Alexandr Pliuschin with us today, for many an unknown rider, for others a globetrotter. Currently running at Skydive Dubai, sharing equipment with Oscar Pujol or Paco Mancebo among other men.
R&M: Hello Alexandr. First of all, thank you very much for accepting this interview. Our readers will appreciate learning a little more about you.
R&M: Moldova does not have a big tradition on professional cycling. Why, and how, did you decide to become a cyclist?
My father was a URSS Champion, so i followed his paths …
R&M: You won the Tour of Flanders Under-23 in 2007. Was it your nicest day as a rider? How do you remember that moment?
It was great but I believe that best moments are still to come , some trees grows up much longer time then others ..
R&M: Which is your favorite cycling monument? (Flanders, Roubaix, Amstel…)
I love Amstel gold race
R&M: How was your debut as a professional rider with AG2R team?
Was ok.just ok not more. I become a pro with broken collarbone , car accident and sick… From the first year pro all went wrong..
R&M: In 2010, you participated in the Tour of France. If we are not wrong, you were the first Moldovan rider in history that finished the French race. Would you like to run again the Tour of France in the future? Would you prefer to try Giro and Vuelta?
I loved it. It was something special to finish it off.. But I’d love to do Vuelta as well..
R&M: You have known important teams and riders in your career. Who has been the most impressive teammate you ever had?
Joachim Rodrigues ,Paco Mancebo. Great riders Great persons!
R&M: How are you feeling in the Skydive Dubai team? Is it so different for you to be in an Asian team after your European experience?
Yes, it’s different . It’s better. I feel free. I feel stronger. If I’d race the same races as last year I’d have bigger results.
R&M: How is your relationship with the Spanish members of the team, Francisco Mancebo and Oscar Pujol?
They’re the best teammates!
R&M: A few days ago, you won the Melaka Chief Minister’s Cup. How is this Malaysian race?
I saw it only from the front, as i was in the break for 200km, and Paco was covering me.
R&M: How did you feel winning a race again after your difficult 2013 season?
Every win is a win. You can feel only happiness and satisfaction..
R&M: Which are your goals for the rest of this season? Will we see you soon on the European roads?I’d like to show SkyDiveDubai jersey everywhere I can . Id like to win every races I will do or make my teammates win.
Alexandr, thank you again for you kindness. We would like to finish this interview with a little quick test:
A meal: Fish.
A TV series: Friends
A movie: Forrest Gamp
A cyclist idol: Lance Armstrong
A non-cyclist idol: Don’t care about them
A city: Oh… Too many..Rome
What would you be, if you hadn’t been a cyclist? A Cyclist!
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