“Mountain bike is more freestyle, it’s more relaxed, and more individual. If you’re good and have no technical problems you finish in front. On the road, you play tactics and you’re in a team. With these tactics it’s not always the best who wins, and then you have this tension around the races all the time that you don’t have in mountain bike.
“In mountain biking it’s just racing, you get in your rhythm and you’re good. It’s a nice world. Especially here in America, it’s a good atmosphere. I wanted to come here for the Sea Otter Classic - it didn’t matter it was right after Flèche Wallonne and that I have a race next week. It might not be the perfect preparation and I might mess up one of these races, but I don’t care. Of course, I want to do good, but if I don’t feel well in one of these races then there’s the next race.”"