The Belgian looked back on the day he became ITT World Champion.

“The race against the clock in Scotland was one of my biggest goals of the entire season, so to win it on a route that wasn’t really tailored to me, but was more in the advantage of the heavier guys in the peloton, was fantastic. I can easily say it was one of the finest moments of my career, and thinking about it, I can say the most important thing was that I felt incredibly good the entire day, and that’s what made the difference in the end.

I felt perfect the whole race and even managed to ride faster than I had planned at the start. By the time I reached the second split I knew I was the fastest out there, and with the up-and-down part of the course that suited me still to come, I had the confidence I could take the victory, especially as the legs felt great. I remember the final hill being a tough one, but I paced myself well there on those hard slopes, and maintained my advantage over the others all the way to the finish.

The way I rode made me very proud, because it showed the progress that I had made in the discipline under the guidance of the Soudal Quick-Step staff, and at the same time, because I fulfilled a dream of mine, which I had since before turning pro. I am happy that the beautiful rainbow jersey will sit on my shoulders until September next year, it’s a great feeling to have it, and hopefully, I will get a win while wearing it next season.”


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