Avanti Racing Team’s Neil Van Der Ploeg doesn’t go about things in an ordinary way.
So when we chatted to him about some possible interviews whilst he’s away racing, we pretty much figured a standard face-to-face wouldn’t be on the cards. We were bang-on.
Welcome to Through the Hole, a series of interviews led by the classically trained videographer and question-asking maestro Vandy. He bulldozes through formalities, puts PC in a corner and goes straight to Q&A business – through the hole of a massage table.
We kick things off with this tête-a-tête between Vandy and team mate Mark O’Brien whilst over at the Tour de Taiwan (fellow team mate Patrick Bevin nabbing fourth in the overall GC).
Here's Neil setting the scene for you:
And here he is busting into Mark's massage session:
And here he is, this time with a key:
Thanks to Shimano for the use of their CM-1000 camera!