Elia Viviani targets the rainbow jersey after the Olympic gold

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.