Calvini's most impressive performances this year were not in the races he won, but races like the Tour of Washington County, where he helped Brown take all of the sprint bonuses in the crit, or Greenbelt, where he engineered and ensured a Dutch triumph week after week. The same could be said for lots of other DVR riders. Martin leaps to mind, but honestly it's harder to think of teammates who don't fit the description.
It's why DVR had such a successful season. Not only did we have fit, hungry riders. We also had a willingness to trash a perfectly fresh set of legs to cover a break, or to make a break happen, or to drag someone up to the front of the field in the last lap. We didn't always ride smart, but we rode for each other, and that led to results.
I won't be back in the U.S. until the end of June. Given such a short racing window, it's unrealistic to expect to bump up another category. What I can realistically hope to do next season is to help my team.
So that is my goal: help DVR win.
Super domestiquing will require a more efficient aerobic system than I had this year, far better climbing, and improved power over 2 minutes.
But I'd love to come in off the bench and inject some energy.