Gareth Williams’ reaction after his top U23 place in Monday’s skiathlon, that is sending him to the World Jr/U23 Championships:
“I can say that I am obviously very excited about how today unfolded. The pace from the start was not terribly fast, but there were surges when new people came to the front. I tried to conserve as much energy as possible in the classic portion but I also did not want to fall very far back from the lead pack.
“After the exchange I knew I was in a good position so my strategy remained the same, just stick with the race leaders as long as possible. Again, I did not put in too much work to control the pace, rather I just waited to see what the others would do.
“I knew that everyone was tired going into the last lap, so I decided to go with the final pace of the leaders but sadly my sprint wasn’t where I hoped it to be for the final meters of the race. Overall, still a very good day for me. I was worried about the shape coming into the event but now I can confident moving forward.”