In his first Olympic time trial, Brent finished 23rd on Wednesday, 5:42 after winner Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland. His race against the clock in Rio got off to a rough start when he crashed on a turn only 300 meters into the 54.6-kilometer race. Here are his comments after meeting the media and even taking a turn at some TV announcing of the event for NBC Sports.
what a day. hard to put into words what I felt as I watched Cadel storm that TT and step onto the bus wearing that jersey. special.
a year ago, it was the eve of me riding into Paris in my first Tour de France. I could hardly believe it. This year, I have that same feeling, maybe even more so. Riding into Paris tomorrow with Cadel and the team in YELLOW. After 3 weeks where we have all been to what feels like the brink of oblivion (at least for me!), its purely incredible.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me, and helped “us” get to this point.
Two days into the Tour and once again, its hard to describe. Its…. The Tour. Not much you can compare it to. yesterday was the anticipated high stress and high danger affair as we nuked it through the countryside of northwest France. Much different vibe than the first road stage last year (much more rural compared to urban) but that spectators turned out in force. Unfortunately the spectators also proved to be more decisive than any feature of the race causing a big crash with about 8 km to go. Although i was tangled up and stopped by this one (as well as a few others) I made it safely to the line. Cadel once again showing his versatility and every day tenacity with a fine 2nd place.
Today was a pressure cooker. I’ve done big races, time trials, team trials but I can’t say any of them compared to today. So much to lose on a stage like this but also plenty to gain. On top of the time numbers there’s also the confidence factor. A good ride today was extremely important as we really get going into the race this week. When it was all said and done a solid time. It stings a little to know we were within striking distance of the big W but so were plenty of other teams. No doubt we all left every last bit of ourselves out there on the road. It is truly incredible how competitive this sport is.
Onto tomorrow…. a “routine” looking profile but its the Tour so I’m sure it will be anything but. At a stout 200 km with a long pre and post race transfers its going to be a long day. On the up side we get out of this cramped hotel which we’ve been in for the past five days. My room mate Ameal is a great guy, but cannot sleep with the window open or the fan on! really hoping it doesn’t get too hot!