Rolf Aldag is busy when I call, but finds time to talk. He is a multi-tasker.
The other duty occupying his time as we speak? Directing Omar Fraile in the breakaway on the second stage of the Giro d’Italia.
Aldag, acting in the most visible aspect of his role as performance manager at Team Dimension Data, is piloting the car that follows Fraile, who would end the day on the podium in the blue King of the Mountains jersey, and his fellow escapees on a 190km route from Arnhem to Nijmegen. He breaks off occasionally to bellow instructions at the Spaniard, but resumes our conversation without missing a beat.
It’s a conversation that ranges from Cervélo to Cavendish, from drag calculations to Team Dimension Data, from EPO to Etixx-QuickStep (two manifestly separate topics).
“Cycling is not mathematics, where you can say one plus one equals two” Aldag says. “It’s more complicated than that.”
He is pragmatic, focused on detail, and a master of logistics, according to those who work alongside him (Bernhard Eisel among them), but Aldag clearly relishes cycling’s unpredictable nature, too.