Fresh from a career-best fifth place finish at Paris-Roubaix we caught up with a delighted Gianni Moscon for his reaction.
The Italian put in a stirring ride in elite company, and came within a few metres of victory in the famous velodrome.
At the tender age of 22 the result caps a superb Classics campaign. The future is certainly bright for Gianni.
After the dust had settled he told TeamSky.com: "I'm really, really happy with my performance today. To be honest I didn't expect to do as well as this. I knew I was in good shape but this is a really particular race and you can never say what will happen.
"I was also a little bit unlucky today. I was in a crash on just the second sector, so I was already thinking that my race could be finished. But then I kept fighting and I came back to the main bunch. All day I was fighting and I never gave up. In the end I came fifth."
I was really at the limit. But when I saw them going slow I thought maybe we can do something now...
For a brief moment Moscon led the race in the final metres, and described his thoughts as the race miraculously came back together in sight of the finish.
On bridging to the leaders he added: "I was really at the limit. But when I saw them going slow I thought maybe we can do something now. I tried to start my sprint really early. I hoped maybe they would watch each other and I could go away. But in the end I was just making the lead-out for the others. But I think even if I stopped and waited for the sprint properly the result would not change. I was really tired!
"This result and what I did in Flanders, of course they give me a lot of confidence for the future. But now really all I can think about is recovering. If you asked me would I like to ride Roubaix again now I would say no! I'm so tired! But in the next days for sure I'll already be thinking about next year.
"Next for me I will do Fleche (Wallonne), Liege-Bastogne-Liege and then Romandie. Then after that some rest!"