Elia Viviani: “This is one of five one-day races I wanted to win in my career”
After finishing second last year, Elia Viviani found the way to success this Sunday on the Prudential Ridelondon. In a chaotic final marked by a big crash at two kilometers from the goal, the Italian sprinter passed between the drops to settle a peloton reduced to about fifty units. On the line, the former Italian champion dominated Sam Bennett while his fish pilot Michael Morkov completed the podium after a remarkable job.
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I love running in London since the 2012 Games. I was very motivated because I knew that the form was there and that the legs were spinning well after the Tour. Once again, the finish was chaotic. Luckily, I had Michael by my side. He was indispensable and allowed me to make a difference, hailed Viviani after offering the 54th win of the season to Deceuninck-Quick Step. This is one of five one-day races I wanted to win in my career. So I’m really happy to have him on my list.”
Viviani then returned to the running of the race and, like others, was sceptical about the hardening of the circuit drawn around Box Hill operated by the organisers. There was no selection during the ascents which made the sprint inevitable. I was very focused to finish the great work of the team. Luckily, we avoided the crash in the final and I was able to produce my sprint to go for this beautiful victory. I am very grateful to my teammates. First and third is top: you couldn’t be happier.”