Alonso Trains with Tour de France Cycling Team

Fernando Alonso seems to return to his old habits when it comes to training program ahead of the upcoming Formula 1 season. As known by all F1 enthusiasts, the physical preparation of a driver before and even throughout a regular season is as important as preparing the new car. Alonso sure knows that, as he completed a full training program with a Tour de France cycling team this week.

Alonso trained with professional cycling team Cervelo TestTeam in Algarve, as the group of riders headed by 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre was doing a routine test in the region of Algarve, Portugal. After Alonso rested for the first two days of the testing session at Portimao, the Spaniard was invited to run with the team earlier this week.

Before hitting the track on Wednesday, Alonso completed no less than 110 kilometers with an average speed of 37 km/h. Cervelo TestTeam rider Joaquin Novoa congratulated the former F1 champion, revealing that Alonso did very well for a rookie non-professional cyclist.

“If he trained some more he could be at a very good level in cycling,” said Novoa, according to Spanish sports newspaper AS.

Alonso used a similar approach in terms of physical training back in 2003, his debut year as racing driver for Renault F1 team. He then trained with U.S. Postal Team – multiple winners of the Tour de France with Lance Armstrong – ahead of what was later described as his breakthrough year in Formula 1. He then rallied to 6th overall in the overall F1 standings, becoming the youngest F1 driver to score a pole position and win a race in the series.

Would we see the same outcome this year?!... We'll just have to wait and see.
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