CT: LETH, DIDERIKSEN (DEN) - gold in women's madison
GLASGOW - Comments from Julie LEITH and team-mate Amalie DIDERIKSEN (DEN) after winning gold in the women's madison race at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena, on Tuesday.
Julie LETH (DEN) - gold
On becoming European champion:
"It feels amazing. We are over the moon, really, really happy. It's our first medal together, at the first qualifier for the Olympics [Tokyo 2020] so it'd be rude not to be happy."
On their tactics:
"Our tactic for sure was not to get a lap ahead of everyone. We saw ourselves like one of the five strong teams out there. We thought we were one of them, maybe not the strongest.
"We didn't get off to a great start, we missed out on a few sprints at the beginning. We were too far at the back and we weren't able to compete in the sprints and then we had a super good sprint and I got a gap after winning a sprint and we just kept going and it seemed that the bunch was stopping so I gave it a go and it paid off.
"I thought, 'Now we are really going to die out here', but we held them up and got a lap."
Amalie DIDERIKSEN (DEN) - gold
On winning gold:
"We did great, it's our first race together, we complement each other really well. We took a lap and that is how we took the win as well. I am really happy to finish up there, and finishing these European championships with a gold after some not-so-perfect races from my side, so it's really great."
On being in the lead after the decisive breakaway:
"That was just a good start, but it was just halfway through the comp. I wasn't sure that we would win at that point, so many laps were still left and the Dutch [Amy PIETERS and Kirsten WILD] and the Brits [Katie ARCHIBALD and Laura KENNY] are really strong teams so we needed to get some more points but luckily we held them up until the line.
"The race was secured before the last sprint and it was good because there was nothing left in the tank."
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