Mathew Hayman Update…
In the peloton are a number of selfless individuals who always put themselves on the line for others. Mathew Hayman is one of them. Every now and then, he gets a chance to race for himself but usually he’s spending his energy to help his team leader(s) perform. RIDE heard from the 33-year-old last night and he offered an update on his state since his impressive display of domestique duties in Milan-San Remo…
Back for another Tour of Flanders
After seeing Mathew Hayman belt out kilometre after kilometre at the front of the peloton that contained Mark Cavendish in Milan-San Remo, RIDE endeavoured to speak with the Sky domestique to get his take on how things went in the race won by Simon Gerrans several weeks ago. Oddly, Hayman didn’t respond in his usual manner (ie. prompt and professional). Eventually, however, he explained his reasons for being silent. “Sorry for not replying,” said the rider from his home in Belgium on the eve of another adventure to take part in the Ronde van Vlaanderen. “It’s a bit slack of me. It’s not really an excuse, but after Tirreno I got an Achilles problem, it seemed to come out of nowhere.
“My world came down around me I was on some of the best form of my life, this comes out of no where and everyone around me had no idea what it was.”
This is the time of the year that Hayman lives for. He’s finished in the top 10 of Paris-Roubaix before, was 13th and 21st in the Ronde van Vlaanderen in the last two years and was been on the podium of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad along with his Sky team-mate Juan Antonio Flecha in 2011. But it seemed like the issue with his ankle was going to ruin his 2012 Classics campaign.
“I raced Milan-San Remo but with a fair bit of pain,” he said, “not knowing if that was going to be my last race for a few months as I was really hurting it.
“After that race I was about as low as you could be. I didn’t ride my bike because of the pain until last Friday (missing Dwars Door Flanders and E3 Prijs) by now I was at the team hotel getting treatment and seeing doctors,” he continued. “Again not much to see – but a lot of pain! It got a little better with treatment and was able to race Gent-Wevelgem, it went well until 20km to go when I started to cramp… I guess you get that if your last ride was a week before,” he joked. But there was a serious concern… and, thankfully, a little bit of relief to be taken from the ride “My Achilles was bearable.”
And it seems that there’s a solution to the ankle problem. “It has settled a little this week, and we think that it is a nerve and not the actual Achilles so I think I will be able to race Flanders and Roubaix.”
It’s good news for his fans… and, of course, his team-mates. “I had trained so hard for these races and it had seemed as if all the form was coming at the right time, so it was a very tough week for me last week.”
We wish Mathew, and all the others in the race on Sunday the best of luck.
The next issue of RIDE Cycling Review (#56) will include coverage of the Classics as well as an overview of the 2012 track world championships that start on 4 April.