Get To Know: Pavel Sivakov8. October 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Development Team
Our riders have clocked thousands of hours this season, whether on-race or training, so we thought it was time to put the spotlight on them to find out a little bit more about their lives both on and off their BMC Teammachine SLR01s.
Name: Pavel Sivakov
Nickname: The Russian Bullet
Where do you call home: I’m a Russian guy born in Italy but I grew up in France so this is where I feel home.
Training base: My training base is my home. I live in French Pyrenees so it’s a perfect place to train as I can ride on every type of parcours (flat/hills/mountains). I only go to Spain in winter.
How long have you been riding with BMC Development Team: 2016 was my first year with the team!
On the bike
Proudest achievement so far: I’m really proud to have won the Tour of Flanders in juniors as it’s my biggest win. But I think that my proudest achievement is being able to perform and fight for the win at every type of race in my first year riding as U23, from one day races (Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Paris-Roubaix) to climbing stage races (Giro della Valle d’Aosta and Tour de l’Avenir), as well as flat and windy stage race (Olympia’s Tour). The step from Juniors to U23 is not easy so I’m proud to have been able to perform that good this year!
Favourite race: I cannot choose a race in particular. I love the hard mountain stage races as I love the long climbs that we have to reach but I also love the classics such as Paris-Roubaix or Liege-Bastogne-Liege as these races are monuments and the atmosphere is always something special! So, I can conclude that I love when a race is hard and epic!
Favourite place to train: I love the routes around my home to train on. The Pyrenees are a super place to ride the bike with a lot of beautiful roads and no traffic. But the Alps are also great as the landscapes are just incredible there! So my favorite places are the French mountains: Alps and Pyrenees.
Ultimate goal: My ultimate goal is the become a strong professional and be able to win a monument or a big stage race!
Off the bike
Favourite film or TV show: Breaking Bad/Narcos (TV) and The Green Mile
Favourite musician or band: I don’t have favourite musician or band as I listen to different types of music depending on my mood but my favorite type of music is hip-hop and electro/dance.
Favourite Food: I would say Italian food... and desserts!
Best way to recover after a race: Eat good food and relax!
If you didn’t cycle what sport would you do? I've tried a lot of different sports (football, basketball, tennis, judo…) but I think the only sport I was really talented at was cycling. Of course I would do something but only for fun and to keep my body in shape.
I bet you didn't know that? Both my parents were professional cyclists, my dad rode all the biggest races (Grand-Tours and all the big classics) and my mom was twice world champion in TTT. I'm so proud of them and I can definitely say that I was born to push the pedals!