2 August 20:01 (BST)

CT: BALSAMO (ITA) - 'Our goal was to avoid the Brits, so we made it'

GLASGOW - Comments from track cyclist Elisa BALSAMO (ITA) after Italy qualified for the semifinals of the women's team pursuit at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena, on Thursday.

Elisa BALSAMO (ITA)

On qualifying second fastest, behind world champions Great Britain:

"We didn't go that bad, my feelings weren't that great. But in general we put down a nice team performance.

"We aimed for the second best time, so we are happy with that. Our goal was to avoid the Brits, so we made it.

"I didn't watch their [Great Britain's] performance because I already know them very well, it wasn't a case of watching them again. Everybody knows they're really strong, a very solid team, they won many Olympic medals so we all know they are like that.

"Last year at the European championships we beat them in the final but they showed up with a different squad. They are much stronger now, they have TROTT [now Laura KENNY] back after her pregnancy so it's even tougher for us."

On her feelings before the race: 

"Lately I've been quite well, it was just tonight that I didn't feel well. Sometimes bad days just happen."

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