Rafal Majka is taking a different approach to the 2018 season, learning from the disappointment of crashing and abandoning the Tour de France in 2017 after spending the majority of his season with a laser focus on the French Grand Tour.
The 28-year-old Polish rider had a good season in 2017 despite the bad luck in France, winning the Tour of Slovenia, taking second in the Tour of California and Tour of Poland and winning a stage in the Vuelta a España.
Nevertheless, he told Cyclingnews Tuesday at the Vuelta a San Juan that this year he is going to take things one step at a time, starting with the Argentinean race that he says he’s using for training for bigger goals down the road. After San Juan, he’ll go to the Abu Dhabi Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico and then prepare for the Classics.
“For now I concentrate only on these weeks and these races, and the Tour is the second part of the season,” he said. “Last year I was so much focused, and sometimes it’s like too much. This year is step by step.”
The talented climber finished 10th last year at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and he’s anxious to take another stab at the Ardennes Monument.
“I know there are a lot of good Classics, but I want to try a second top 10 and maybe we try for more,” he said. “We have a good team there, we have also [Davide] Formolo and [Peter] Kennaugh. This is better for me when we have three leaders there. It’s easier to race.
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