Second at Paris-Roubaix2014-04-13
What a day. I had looked forward to this race so much and now I am overjoyed by second place. After Terpstra had gone, I got the most out of myself. I convinced myself that it was like going for the win and I was fully focussed on the sprint. That is why I rejoiced so much at the finish. If we had caught Terpstra, then another one from Omega would have gone, and that is why I didn't force the chase. They were simply in a better position.
Of course it is bitter to have so closely missed out on winning the cobblestone and it hurts a little to see someone else raise it into the air. But I had these thoughts only briefly. I was second in Roubaix. Crazy. I am 25 and can already look forward to everything the figure might bring. There is still a lot possible, I noticed that today. The years bring experience, such as knowing when it is better to move your ass and when it is better not to, in order to save some strength.
I concentrated on having a good position and fortunately also had the legs to be able to go with Vanmarcke and Cancellara when they picked up the pace. We presented ourselves really well as a team today. Thank you. That was a tremendous team performance, everyone was strong. We fought for that second place together. It is too bad for Koen that he was handicapped by two punctures and couldn't come back. But that just happens in this race.
I am also happy that I was able to come back after a mechanical. I had to change my bike entirely and wait a long time. The chain got caught in the chain rings, and when I pedaled, the whole thing ripped apart, that is, the large chain ring separated from the screws. Talk about brute force.... Well, I tried to put then chain back on and saw the problem. There was nothing to do, it was just split and twisted metal.
Now I feel fine. I am happy and nothing hurts. Nikias, for example, can't say that. He has two huge blood blisters on his hands. It really is a ride through hell. But he played a large role and did a lot to bring me back up after my mechanical.
We will drink another toast now and then I will surely be soon in bed. I'll be back in contact soon.