Santiago Buitrago: “I feel so humbled”
April 23 rd 2023 - 18:09
On paper, our leader for today’s race was Mikel Landa. Being able to play my own cards has been surprising to me. Even if I am always prepared for the best, it’s hard to get my head around the fact that I have landed a podium here. Remco was just too strong – we couldn’t follow him even if we knew he was going to attack. Coming into the finish, I knew Pidcock was the fastest on a sprint, but you never know how things would turn out after 250 kilometres. I tried to anticipate him by sprinting far out, with 300 meters to go, yet he overtook me.
I didn’t know I was the first Colombian in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège podium! I watched this race on TV back when I was a kid, and it was one of my favourite Classics. I felt privileged the first time I ever participate here, in 2020, even though I couldn’t finish. Making it to the podium is unbelievable, and I feel so humbled I share this podium with Remco Evenepoel and Tom Pidcock. This result is such a big motivation coming into the Giro d’Italia, which is my biggest goal for this first half of the season.