Name something special you take with you when you go to a race.
Wolfie!! It's a peluche (a stuffed toy wolf) that my boyfriend Ciro gave me before flying to Rio for the Olympics. Since then, it's always with me!
What’s one of your favorite memories from the past year?
Emakuumen Bira - that race was special for our team. We went there relaxed and happy and we came away with a GC victory, 2 stage victories, and the GPM Jersey. The team spirit was at its highest!
Who inspires you? Why?
My brother. He's been an inspiration for me as a rider and as a human being. His spirit of sacrifice in sport and his capability to take things always with a smile make me admire him so much. He has four children and I can tell you, it can be hard sometimes, but he's always there for everyone. I love the way he loves his family and the dedication he gives them.