Jackson: "Now I have my own rock"
April 8 th 2023 - 19:27
Alison Jackson (EF Education-Tibco-SVB): "What would I have said if you had told me at the start I was gonna win? Hahahahahahaha. Actually, I probably would have said sweet, I’m doing it. You have to have the confidence, be your best cheerleader sometimes. I would never shy away from saying I can win. I know I can but a lot of things have to come together to make it happen. With a longer start, we have the time to set up the race before the cobbles, so it’s not just determined on how one rides the cobbles and the good luck you get. You can play with the tactics more and we did that today. At the front, you can save yourself from a lot of bad luck, especially with wet cobbles and muddy gutters. We were being chased down pretty hard but I had to commit. I'd rather put my heart out than giving it up by playing safely. I always say I love bike racing but it’s a special type of fun when we win, and in this big race, where we’re building history… And it’s pretty monumental for Canadian cycling. I grew up on a farm and one of my jobs was to go and pick up rocks from the field. Now I have my own rock."