Monday, August 27, 2012

Antón's secret love

Igor Antón has never been your average Spanish cyclist, and an interview with Norwegian TV2 yesterday only served to confirm that notion. The 29-year-old, currently eighth overall in the Vuelta a España, admitted to being a big black metal fan, and says he frequently listens to that type of music to get in the groove before the stages commence. Antón says he's got quite a few band t-shirts, and is even the owner of a spike wristband.

"It's powerful music that helps me perform", he said. "It gets my energy levels up, and I'm a big fan of (Norwegian band) Dimmu Borgir. I've seen them live several times, and they make the best of Norwegian music."

Like his fellow black metal fanatics, he says it's not solely a music genre - it's a way of life.

"It's not just music, it's a way of seeing life. It attracts me. But no, I don't know a lot of other people who are into that kind of music", he said with a wry smile. "But I do remember talking to Kurt Asle Arvesen about it, and he told me he liked it.  In general though, it's not easy to find people who are into black metal. It's more common up in Northern Europe", he said.

Watch the interview here.


Josh Buehner said...

That's funny. Basques do have a weird affinity for Black metal, I witnessed quite a few fans.

arnout said...

Isn't working though, maybe he should try Beethoven :P

Kristof said...

It's not the kind of music I would match with a cyclist:-) Fact is, Anton is a strange guy (has nothing to do with music taste or positive/negative). After what happened to him Vuelta 2010 you should expect him to cry on the ground either from pain either dissappointed but he stepped into the car smiling as it seemed he was released from some kind of big pressure. Very strange man...

Bolsen3 said...

Makes me like him even more :D Cool!


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