Sebastian Langeveld: “I'm very happy and proud to make the podium”

interview09.04.2017The race- Compiègne / Roubaix

“I knew that in a men against men sprint, it was almost impossible for me to win against these two riders [Van Avermaet and Stybar]. But my sport director Andreas Klier said I was on a really good day and I should believe in myself. I can't remember where but I had a flat tyre that almost took me out of the race. But as I came back, I saw a lot of tired people so I attacked to go before the favorites. I got very good people with me at the front. I probably have a lack of confidence after two years of injuries, sicknesses and disappointments. It's been a long time since I could not be in contention for a monument and I never won any. I just won the Circuit Het Nieuwsblad in 2011. So this is a very high top result. The good form I had at the Tour of Flanders was a sign. I'm very happy and proud to make the podium of Paris-Roubaix. Third is the best spot I could aim for today.”

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