Zdenek Stybar: “Until 4km to go, we were riding for Tom”

interview09.04.2017The race- Compiègne / Roubaix

“It's disappointing to finish second. But we did everything for Tom [Boonen]. The whole team was supporting him, with all of our heart. I eventually found myself in a situation to win the race. It was not easy to switch role because I had had to work a lot very early in the race. Towards the end, I could sit in the wheels but in Paris-Roubaix, it's not like sitting in a sofa. Certain moments, I was thinking of waiting for him to pull him back. Only with four kilometers to go, I mentalized that I was riding for winning. Before that, I didn't have in mind to ride for myself, the biggest dream come to the velodrome with Tom. It didn't happen and that's disappointing. I did what I could, maybe I could have waited for 50m later but it's a special sprint on the track. Tom is an exceptional rider, an exceptional person and an exceptional friend. It's silly that we couldn't bring him to the first place today but we did our best for him.”

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