To win this race would be incredible. You win and everyone knows you’ve arrived. You’re known as a hard rider. You’re someone in cycling. I’m the kind of rider who likes it when you have to be switched on the entire race. With Flanders you’re always on, always thinking. You get through one section and you look at the 20cm on notes on your stem to see what’s coming next. There’s so much going on. You have to think all the time.
The amazing atmosphere helps as well. It gives me motivation to race hard. I love to ride in front of a climb. I’m a bit of a performer. If there’s a good crowd, I somehow manage to put in a little extra effort. It’s just a special race. That’s what it comes down to – massive history. It’s a World Cup. It’s a goal of mine to win a World Cup. To win Flanders? That would be incredible."