What makes it so special?
"It's a rollercoaster. The course goes up, down and has lots of tricky turns. Despite being so technical, I think it's mostly really fun. It's not one constant effort, but it alternates between tough and easy. It widens the circle of contenders for a medal. Riders who are not pure time trialists may be able to compensate with their technical skills. Grace Brown is one such outsider. And also a more punchy technical rider like Lotte Kopecky I can see a good time here, for example."
Does this technical lag stem from the fact that you started cycling later?
"That definitely plays a part. Especially at the beginning of my career, I crashed very badly several times because of that. Which made me scared to take a corner at full speed and so I pulled on my brakes faster. It's a vicious circle. Meanwhile, my cornering has improved a lot, but when I see how Stefan Bissegger and Stefan Küng cut a corner, I still have work to do. The World Championships will be a good indicator. If I become world champion, it will be a personal victory."