José A. Hermida was ready to compete today, focused to take his chances at the starting grid of his fifth Olympics, with the confidence of having achieved a 6th spot in the World Cup held in Mt Ste Anne, held in Canada 15 days ago.
Still, things have started bad for the silver medallist in Athens: "we were in the first loop and I had made a good start, but my chain fell off the chainring and I was passed by all the riders, left behind the whole peloton. These things can happen but it has occured in the worst moment, just when the competition was getting started".
"I've been passing riders, but it was not easy. The circuit did not have very long climbs and here we gather the best riders in the world, so the task was complicated. I've been climbing in the standings and I have been able to get to the 12th position, but I have had to lower down the pace a bit as the initial minutes have been very demanding", says the 5 times Olympic, who also had words for his teammates. "I am very happy for Coloma, who has made a perfect race. He has worked hard, he has fought bravely and he has got deserved prize. The same for Valero, who has been into a top 10 finish in his first Olympics. The national mountain bike is at a high level and we should be happy about it", finishes off the Multivan-Merida rider.
In 15 days, the Spanish rider travels to Andorra to compete in the last World Cup of the year, held in the ski resort of Vallnord, barely 50km from his place of residence.