1 August 11:49 (BST)

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.


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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