Elia Viviani targets the rainbow jersey after the Olympic gold

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Elia Viviani won the omnium at the Rio Olympics. But the Italian wants more. The Sky rider is already thinking about his next goal: the World Championships in Qatar in mid-October. He told the Italian news agency ANSA about his objectives.

“It’s a busy time in the cycling season and I’ll soon be back racing with my team and I’ll be focused on my next goals. I know I need to hold onto my form for two more months. The worlds are in mid-October and they’re a huge occasion for the sprinters. I’m a road sprinter and so I don’t want to miss out on a chance of further success. I think we’ll have a strong team and I’m sure we’ll be up there with a chance.”

The Italian reflected on his performance at Olympics and his victory on the track.

“It was testing race. We had a good first day of racing and in the timed events on the second day. Then everything came down to the points race that had escaped our grasp in the past. I was worried when I crashed. I initially thought everything was over but then when I got up I felt okay. I never lost control of things and only wanted to get racing again and defend my lead. I was focused on the gold medal, knowing that was the important thing”, he concluded.

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