One more time on the Worlds podium
“At the end of the race I was seeing things getting harder and harder, because even though the field was shortening and the race eventually was really tough, many sprinters were left into the bunch and we had to drop them back. These Worlds might have lacked steeper slopes, but we can’t complain – it’s the same for everyone. The national team was superb, I can’t thank them enough: we worked well so I could try and jump to contest the victory into a field sprint, but we couldn’t control everything. Kwiatkowski rode excellently – he deserves this win.
“As far as I’m concerned, I did everything I wanted to do on course, and claiming this bronze medal in Spain, in front of my home crowds, is really great and makes me happy. It’s hard to ever make it onto a Worlds podium: I’ve done it six times, and even though I’d liked this time to be on the top step – honestly, if you look at the competition we had to face, you give massive credit to what we achieved. I want to thank the fans who came here and supported us, they were phenomenal. Also, I dedicate this victory to my family and my wife, who is about to give birth to another baby – this is for you.”