CR: VAN DER POEL (NED) - silver in men's road race
GLASGOW - Comments from Mathieu VAN DER POEL (NED) after winning silver in the men's road race on Sunday.
Mathieu VAN DER POEL (NED) - silver
On the end of the race:
"We closed the gap twice and I was told when the final group was going that I had to be with them. That's something I'm grateful for and it's always good to have one of your team-mates [Dylan VAN BAARLE] out in front when you're getting to the end of the race.
"It's too bad he crashed on one of the final corners. I think we did everything right, but in the sprint there was one guy who was stronger than us.
"At the start of the final sprint, I thought I was making the right move [attacking eventual gold medallist Matteo TRENTIN, ITA], but he won so it wasn't the right move.
"He was just too strong at the end and I felt like the legs were hurting. Everyone had that because it was a very hard race."
On whether he had spoken to father Adri, the 1996 road race world champion, or his grandfather Raymond POULIDOR (FRA), a three-time runner-up in the Tour de France:
"I think it means a lot to them. It's something you'd need to ask them. This performance gives me more inspiration to do road races.
"It's not 260k, but if you ask any of the pros, they will tell you it was a very hard race."
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