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Video: Sagan and Armitstead on what winning the Worlds means to them

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The men's road race podium of Michael Matthews (Australia), Peter Sagan (Slovakia) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania). It was the first time all three had made the podium in the elite race

The men's road race podium of Michael Matthews (Australia), Peter Sagan (Slovakia) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania). It was the first time all three had made the podium in the elite race
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lizzie Armitstead was the most consistent rider in season 2015 and was a worthy winner of the women's road race

Lizzie Armitstead was the most consistent rider in season 2015 and was a worthy winner of the women's road race
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Boonen congratulates Peter Sagan after winning the world championships

Tom Boonen congratulates Peter Sagan after winning the world championships
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Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) checks its really a gold medal

Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) checks its really a gold medal
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)

In a behind the scenes video produced by Specialized, the two newly crowned world road race champions Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Sagan discuss what winning the title means to them.

Both riders went into the race as favourites, perhaps Armitstead more than anyone, and had to play their own tactical game while the stronger teams around them did their best to stop them. The gravity of what had just happened was evident in both their celebrations, as Armitstead instantly burst into tears.

“I’ve never been that nervous before. The morning of the race I was just so tense,” says Armitstead. “As much as you try to coach yourself out of it, you can’t.”

Sagan’s celebration was a little more extravagant but equally as telling as he jumped off his bike and began high-fiving anyone within arm’s length.

“I am from a small country and it was always my dream to come to America and now I am here and I won a world champion’s jersey,” says Sagan.

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