Sven Nys made a big impression on the mountain bike world on Saturday, finishing an impressive sixth in a world class field at the Fort William round of the World Cup. "I confirmed my progression. That gave me a good feeling."
Nys started the race way back in 51st position, leaving a lot of work to be done in order to get close to the front. "It costs a lot of power to work your way to the front," he explained to Sporza Radio.
"This sixth place was the best that I though was possible before the race, and I am very happy. If I can start closer to the front, then I think that I could be riding for a podium position.
"My advantage is that due to my cyclo-cross and road racing I am much more explosive," Nys explained.
Nys hopes to move up around 25 places in the start order for the next round in Italy. "Then I would start around the 30th to 35th place, but we will have to wait and see.
"If the course suits me, a lot is possible," Nys said of the next round. "It would be good if there are some tough climbs, but the descents need to be rideable. If they are too technical then they will suit a more experienced mountain biker."
Nys is hoping to do well in Beijing and will forgo the World Cup rounds in Canada in July and August to best prepare for the Olympic race.