Sivakov encouraged by strong Suisse showing

17 Jun 2018

Sivakov encouraged by strong Suisse showing

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Pavel Sivakov was encouraged by an excellent performance on the final stage of Tour de Suisse as he recorded the sixth fastest time to finish 14th overall.

Sivakov has impressed this week against a stellar lineup of Grand Tour contenders, competing consistently in both the flat and mountain stages of the difficult stage race which was won by Richie Porte (BMC Racing).  

And while he was confident of achieving his goal of a top 15 finish, the Russian youngster was buoyed by his first top 10 stage finish at WorldTour level which helped him reach his target.

He explained to TeamSky.com: “I was looking at today as an opportunity to get some time back on some guys ahead of me as my goal overall was to finish in the top 15 and I achieved that goal by finishing 14th.

“That’s really good for me as it’s my first my first year as a pro and considering the injury I had at the start of the season, I’m happy.”

"There are some guys here who are doing the Tour de France and that was my first top 10 in the WorldTour. There is no chance to sit on the wheel in a TT, it’s a proper effort so it has given me plenty of confidence. 

“I hope to keep improving. I improved after each race this year and I want to keep doing that.”
Sivakov is the youngest member of the 2018 Team Sky squad at just 20 years old and was more than happy to receive advice from a Suisse lineup that featured experienced riders such as Ian Stannard and Michal Golas.

He continued: “I learned a lot from this week, like how to be calmer in the final and to put my trust in my teammates.

“To perform at such a big race as Tour du Suisse, it’s a dream come true and to have guys like Yogi [Ian Stannard], who pulled for Chris [Froome] at the Tour, helping me has been fantastic.

“People like Michal Golas and guys who are older and more experienced than me really helped me and I think this week will stand me in good stead for the future.”

After recovering from an injury setback earlier in the season Sivakov is in confident mood and will next compete at Russian Nationals aiming to build on his Russian Junior TT title that he won in 2015.

He added: “Next up for me is Russian Nationals, and I will try and do something on TT and on the road I will try and do something special, but some teams will have 20 riders there, whereas I will be on my own.

“I will be focusing on the TT, and after today it gives me confidence to really go for it.”

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