The cobblestone and the Grazia2015-04-14
Don’t these two look good together? The cobblestone and the Grazia. Winner’s trophies from two Monuments.
But let me tell you, it was really something to carry that cobblestone up the 124 stairs to my apartment. That guy is heavier than he looks. Downstairs I asked who was going to carry it up. But my father answered directly that of course he who earned it must finish off his work ;-)
It is still difficult for me to describe the feelings I have right now. I am so happy about this win. It was always my goal to win this race one day. I have trained so much and invested so much power, time and discipline to make this dream come true. And now I have done it. That is unbelievable. Also unbelievable is how long it took until a German could win this race again. Now it is my name that is in the history books.
And in combination with the win at Milan-Sanremo, it is really something very special, that I have done in the last few days.
The impressions are of course still very fresh, but somehow so many things are different than usual. Usually I am totally exhausted when I come home after such a difficult race, and can sleep well. But now I sleep for about two hours. Every time I close my eyes, I see the race like watching a film,and I am always in the middle of the decisive moment and get an adrenalin rush, as if I am on the bike and have to counter an attack. But don’t think that I don’t enjoy it. Quite the contrary!
I am especially happy that I could hold the tension after winning Milan-Sanremo. But exactly this mental strength is probably one of my major attributes. It has to keep on going. You can’t rest. My problem now is to make sure the rest of the season isn’t all downhill after these two extraordinary wins ;-)
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