"It's now 24 hours after I won the gold medal in the road race. Has it sunk in yet? Yeah a little bit I think. It was something really big. It was pretty nice to win a race like this. I was never expecting this but it was the best feeling in my cycling career ever I think. It was just a great moment and I'm really going to enjoy it.
I knew it would be hard. When I first saw the parcours I thought it would be on the limit of my skills and it was a really hard climb in the end. I just tried to believe in myself. I was in good shape after the Tour de France, I was climbing pretty well but I knew also that in a race like this everything would have to go perfectly to win. I just tried to anticipate a little bit and be up there, and that's how I won the race.
You never know in a hard race like this. I was feeling really confident in my sprint. First I wanted to catch back Majka, I think this was the main goal. And then after this I was pretty confident to do a good sprint. But after all, you're only sure when you get over the line. Then I was sure about it.
This gold is the biggest thing ever. I think I can say that it is the highlight of my career. It's going to be the highlight of all of my career to come. It doesn't get any bigger than this so I'm just so happy that I could have a big win like this in my career. It's really a good feeling."