Ian Stannard: "So close, so far"

interview10.04.2016The race- Compiègne / Roubaix

I'm obviously happy to be on the podium. But it's also so close, so far. There are still two steps to go, maybe next year. I guess it was slippery out there with the rain yesterday and the sun today. We had four guys in the lead and we crashed. That's bike racing. Luke told me he was pretty tired. He just committed a lot on the tailwind section leading to Carrefour de l'Arbre and then there were five of us left. Then Sep (Vanmarcke) went and did some hard racing. I felt pretty good then. I wanted to attack to avoid having to sprint against guys like Boonen or Edvald. I tried to attack in the finale. That's what I'm better at if you like. I had a little bit of speed left but the cobbles were pretty slippery and you lose a lot of energy on them. But  It was good fun to stay at the front. The finale was pretty nervous. Nobody really had the legs. Matt is a great friend and I'm super happy to see him win. For him to outsprint Boonen is pretty impressive. He's an ex team-mate and seeing everything he's done, I'm really impressed.

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