CT: VIVIANI (ITA) - 'My physical condition is there, my track legs a bit less'
GLASGOW - Comments from Elia VIVIANI (ITA), the Olympic champion in omnium, after the second training session at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena, on Wednesday.
Elia VIVIANI (ITA)
On his season:
"I've only focused on road cycling. I haven't competed on track since Rio [2016 Olympic Games, when he won gold in omnium]. But in road cycling I started the season super well [he won the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour in February]. I won four stages at the Giro d'Italia, I won the Italian road cycling championship, and last week I finished second in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic to confirm I am in good shape.
"My physical condition is there, my track legs a bit less. The important thing is my good form. I'll surely get something out of it."
On the events he is entering at Glasgow 2018:
"The omnium is my main focus, but also the scratch competition to get back on track one day before the omnium so as to unjam my condition.
"It's been a long time since I last competed on track. I don't know the new rivals, but since I am a world-class athlete and the reigning omnium Olympic champion, I am not here to make a bad impression."
On his glossy golden track bike:
"Pinarello [Italian road and track bikes manufacturer] made it for me and it is all gold to recall the Olympic gold I won in Rio. Maybe the bike is a bit too loud, but it will shine in this velodrome. I am going to use it in the omnium race."
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