“I’m not so much into statistics, so when they said before the start that I have already got five titles under the belt, I said to myself: well, I won’t mind taking the sixth one. I rode for the win, and it worked. The weather made it double hard, but it didn’t make us less aggressive. I planned my attack on the last uphill and then never looked back and never played any tactical games, just went full gas. I’d like to thank the team for the help, the girls were a real dominating force in the race”.
“At the team meeting we were told to stay at the front and constantly look for the chance, as the weather conditions, especially the wind, made the race unpredictable. I went for it three laps to go, when everybody was tired. The weather was no scare for me, I’m pretty used to racing in any conditions. I was sure that I could win the sprint against Xenia, I’m not a born sprinter, but we have paid a lot of attention to speed in the workouts lately, and it pays back”.
Mikhail Rostovtsev, RusVelo DS:
“Whenever possible, we should aim at the maximum goal. That is, a 100 per cent RusVelo podium would make me 100 per cent happy. It didn’t happen, but the main thing is that there’s still a lot of work on various aspects ahead of us, and we’ll do it. For instance, Aizhan should race with a cooler head, she is still too emotional”.