I am very, very proud of my first podium placing in one of the five Monuments. The third place yesterday in Lüttich-Bastogne-Lüttich was a super end of the Ardennes Classics for me. Everything was demanded from us riders once again. We were underway for five and a half hours in, at times, pouring rain, hail and temperatures of about 5 degrees.
I felt really good at the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday and in the end I could bring in another fifth place on the wall. As a team we tried to shape the race and rode aggressively. Our plan was to make the decisive move on the last climb of the Mur. The whole team put in some super work but unfortunately we couldn't produce the wished-for race situation.
Wow. What a race that was for me. When I surprisingly won the opening time trial, I knew that I had good legs. I would never have dreamed that I would end up winning three stages. Of course I wanted to try it ever day, especially because the stages were good for me. And I also knew that I had a strong team behind me.
I have to thank my teammates another time for their support. They worked super hard the whole day and I had the legs to finalize it with another victory. So happy to deliver this one to the team.
Speechless about today. My first Time Trial pro win. Achieved on that race course. To be honest... I thought I wouldn't have a chance on this difficult race course. A climb with a gradient up to 23% and the last kilometer 16% in average is to hard... That's what I thought. So even happier about today.