CT: KAY (GBR) - silver
GLASGOW - Comments from track cyclist Emily KAY (GBR) after winning silver in the women's scratch race at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena, on Friday.
Emily KAY (GBR)
On winning silver:
"I absolutely love this velodrome, I love racing here so to add a European medal to that, it's great. I love the crowd, I love the track, it was amazing."
On Great Britain having home advantage:
"I can't explain what racing in front of a home crowd does. I line up and people are shouting for me. I got a silver but the crowd were still so happy for me and that really gives me something extra that I don't have in other velodromes."
On the quality of other riders:
"I was nervous coming into this because of the calibre of the other riders. You've got Kirsten WILD (NED) - world champion, Rachele BARBIERI (ITA) - world champion, Jolien D'HOORE (BEL) - a phenomenal rider. I would have liked to have won it but I think it's still a result I can be really proud of."
On pushing for gold:
"At one point I thought I might do this, but she's (WILD) just got that extra kick that I didn't have in the final straight, but what can you do? She's world champion."
On winning Great Britain's first medal of the 2018 European Championships:
"The team that's here is so incredibly strong, I love being part of this team because everyone strives to be their best. When I step on the track I know that just getting the opportunity to race is a huge honour. That definitely helps and makes me want to do the best I can."
On lessons learned from the race:
"Sometimes when you're against Olympic champions and you fall short you think 'Is what I'm doing good enough?', but I think you just have to put it into perspective and even if I'm a little bit off that's still pretty good. I knew I was in a good shape but to get a silver just solidifies that."
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