Teniel Campbell (Valcar Travel&Service) and world champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) at the 2020 Giro Rosa The 2020 Giro Rosa is Teniel Campbell ’s first. Sitting outside of her team bus on the morning of stage 5 , the rider from Trinidad and Tobago looked relaxed, smiling and laughing with her Valcar-Travel&Service teammates as they prepared for the race.
The 22-year-old sprinter and powerful time triallist showed a lot of potential in 2019 and carried her form over to the beginning of the 2020 season before COVID-19 curtailed the cycling season.
Campbell described the period of isolation during the lockdown in Italy, where she lives, as ‘difficult’ saying, “having to spend quarantine two months alone was really challenging, especially the last two weeks were really cracked and all hell broke loose.
“Coming out of quarantine it didn’t get easier for me because things went back to a ‘new normal’ but I’m away from the family, I couldn’t go home, they couldn’t come to me so it was a complete mess.” Such was the need for support that Campbell returned to her former base, the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland.
“I needed a reset so for me the closest thing to family was in Aigle at the World Cycling Centre” she said. "So I went back.
“I spent time with my former teammates because they were like my sisters. I was around them for like two years and that really helped and I think that’s why now I started enjoying the bike again […]