By DAVID SELFAKER March 22, 2019 8:45:19A mountain biker who has won the most grueling mountain biking races in the world has a message for the men who have tried to take him down.
The three-time winner of the Tour de France said he’s grateful for the encouragement he’s received from other riders who have shared their own story of suffering.
“I don’t regret anything,” he told The Associated Press.
“It was a crazy life.
It was a great ride and I’m grateful to be here.”
I’ve never been in this position where I’ve got to be so happy and so proud of my work, he said.
But that’s the beauty of it: I’m still able to be happy.
“He has won more than 40 of the world’s toughest races and has done it all without a sponsor.
He has not received any awards and he has never even been interviewed by the media.
He’s still training hard.
It’s not about him.
It doesn’t matter if you get the medals or not.
I’m not looking for awards or recognition, I just want to go out there and do what I do best, said the 44-year-old mountain bikeman, who was a pro for a decade.
I have a lot of friends, and I want to keep doing what I love.
He added he’s not worried about his record.”
When I ride the Tour I have to be the best and that’s it.
And if I do win the race, I won’t have a medal either.””
If I don’t win the Tour, I’ll never have a record.
And if I do win the race, I won’t have a medal either.”
But there is one other aspect of the race he hopes to live up to.
“I’ve got the right mindset,” he explained.
That’s what really matters.
I just have to stick to what I’ve done in the past.