Niki Terpstra after Paris-Roubaix: I am happy but not as happy as last week
Apr 08 2018 08:38 pm CET

Niki Terpstra after Paris-Roubaix: I am happy but not as happy as last week
Niki Terpstra after Paris-Roubaix: I am happy but not as happy as last week
Photo of Niki Terpstra (c)Sigfrid Eggers

Quick-Step Floors' Niki Terpstra took the last position of the podium in Paris-Roubaix. This is the third podium for the Dutchman in the French Monument.

The rider was one of the main favourites of the race after winning the 2018 E3 Harelbeke and the Tour of Flanders, but he wasn't in a good position when Peter Sagan made the move that gave him the victory. The rider did the best he could and at one kilometre from the end attacked from the chasers and entered the velodrome on his own after the fight for the victory had already passed.

"I am happy but not as happy as last week," said Terpstra at the end of the race. "Still, a podium in Roubaix is always special and today it came after a race in which I felt really good. We attacked, did an aggressive race, but weren’t in the first row when Sagan attacked, so we couldn’t close that gap. Anyway, he was the strongest rider today, so congrats to him."

Despite not getting the win in this race, the rider wanted to look back on the successful season that his team has had so far. "Our spring has been truly amazing, we’ve won nine-day races and currently have a total of 25 victories, so I think we can be proud of this remarkable string of achievements," he added.




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