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Tao is from London and currently lives in Girona. He keeps a blog full of heady and lyrical writing. He enjoys coffee, pizza, and his duvet.

Fun Facts with Tao

Age:

20.

Favorite Food:

Pizza and sushi—but not together!

Favorite Color:

Blue.

Favorite Band/Song:

At the moment, “Coffee” by Sylvan Esso is in my head a lot. My mate was playing it over and over a few weeks back and it’s stuck up there it seems.

Favorite Movie/Video Game:

The original The Italian Job was a favorite for my brother and I growing up.

Pre-Race Rituals/Superstitions:

Pins on my number that are always horizontal and facing the same direction. It isn’t superstition, it just looks better!

If you weren't a cyclist, what would you be?

At university getting into trouble with my best mate.

What do you do when you're bored?

Catch up with family and friends. Write. Go for a wander around town. Have a coffee with friends. Scroll through the interweb.

Family:

A brother and two sisters.

Let's say you sign a Pro Tour contract. What's your first financial splurge?

An orange Vespa. (Klaus Note: Vespa paint color codes often have eight digits. The fifth digit indicates the color family. The number 5 indicates orange.)

Guilty Pleasures:

Where to start? Copious amounts of pizza and coffee.

Sign:

Aries.

Prized Possession:

The duvet in my apartment would be up there. Cost me and arm and a leg.

If you were a superhero, what would your power be?

Time travel.

What's most surprising about you?

People often seem surprised a somewhat-professional bike rider could come from Central London.

Celebrity Crush:

Maybe Mila Kunis? (Klaus Note: Kunis appeared in the 2000 Aerosmith video for the song “Jaded”.)

Celebrity Role Model:

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, British sporting heroes.

Worst Fear:

Not living life to its full potential.

Bad Habit:

Swearing.

Favorite Quote:

Eddy Merckx on what drove him: “Dreaming. It was stronger than me. I was a slave to it. There was no reasoning involved.”

Ticklish:

Of course.

What's your favorite smoothie!!!???

Vanilla protein powder, banana, yoghurt, ice, cinnamon, almonds.

Weirdest Dream:

Many, many strange dreams. Especially when I’m at races with Danny SWOLE Eaton and Cujo Putt. Or is that just reality? It all gets mixed together.

Hidden Talent:

Is anything hidden in this day and age?

Fanmail Address:

Nick Shuley's house.

Throughout the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, Manual for Speed will be following the Axeon Cycling junior development team because we think cycling development is critically important and woefully under appreciated, especially in the United States. In order to help you familiarize yourself with these young bucks, we spent some time with the guys before the race asking questions and taking photos in their finely appointed Steamboat Springs condos.

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