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PCM Interview: Freddy Cruz, Isaac del Toro’s coach

PCM Interview: Freddy Cruz, Isaac del Toro’s coach

The future

Have you already met with Isaac after his win? How are people living his achievement in Mexico?

Not yet. We talk every day, but he’s still in Europe. He’s going to fly back to Mexico on September 20th, then he’s going to our hometown Ensenada on September 30th, and then I’m planning on bringing him to Monterrey to spend 1/2 months training with me, like we did last year.

The schedule to welcome the ‘national hero’ is set, and there are no expected absences from those who have always supported him.

A lot of people are really happy for him, because they know all the hard work and sacrifices he has made. It has always been his dream. He never hesitated if he wanted to be a professional cyclists and now it’s happening

Now and unlike in the preview of the Tour de l’Avenir, everyone is talking about Isaac and Mexico in cycling. What positives and negatives come from all the attention?

The negative thing, if you want to call it that, is that it has been a little stressful. We’ve had to answer a lot of messages and phone calls. Literally people that I haven’t spoken to in more than 10 years and have nothing to do with cycling called to congratulate me. From Stage 4 we have been receiving calls and after that, it has only gotten crazier. So you feel the responsibility to answer everyone, because people are happy for you. And if I answered 3/4 thousand messages, you can imagine how he is now, and he’s trying to answer most of them! Plus he has interviews all day, with agents and teams.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, there are currently 11 World Tour teams interested on Isaac. Does he have any preferences?

Yes, but I can’t say right now (laughs). He won Avenir the way he did, so he got a lot of interest. And he already has a team, but I don’t want to assure anything.

With Isaac embarking on the World Tour, will you continue to be his coach?

That’s one of the main aspects that we are fighting for [in the negotiations], since Isaac is really close to his circle. We have a really close relationship, I’ve known him for many years and he trusts me as I trust him. So it’s been working great, so we don’t want to change that. I want to keep working with him. We both are learning from each other and that’s what we are fighting for.

With everything else discussed and to concluse, I would like to ask you to draw a profile of Isaac del Toro. What kind of rider he is? What are his main strengths and weaknesses? How do you define his mentality? And personality?

He can be a really good GC contender for sure. His biggest strength is climbing, but he can do decent time trials. He hasn’t trained them much in the past seasons, the focus hasn’t been there, but I think he can be a really good timetrialist. Plus, he has a really strong 10/15 minutes power, so he can be good in the Ardennes classics as well. In terms of mentality, it’s really interesting to work with Isaac, because he has a special index of concentration. You can tell from his racing in l’Avenir that not everybody is able to pull it off. Physically he has talent, but he also has such determination that he’s not scared to attack from far away and really as the confidence that he will win l’Avenir. The way he listens to me when I write to him, he just pulls everything out so perfectly. He is a special kid and the world is starting to notice that.

We appreciate Freddy Cruz’s availability to grant us this interview, amidst the many requests he is receiving, and we look forward to the debut of Isaac del Toro in professional cycling.

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