Name: Niek Kimmann Racing number: #313 Hometown: Dedemsvaart, Netherlands
Being in the top 10 in the UCI World Cup Ranking, what's your goal for the last two rounds in SDE? Niek Kimmann: My goal is the same as always, do the best I can. Last year I struggled a bit all season, and so did I in Santiago del Estero. I went out in semi’s both days and I’m motivated to put myself in the mains this time.
Is the Olympic qualifying period on your mind when you're doing races after 1 September?
Name: Arthur PILARD Racing number: 130 Hometown: Saint-Brieuc, France
Have things changed for you since 1 September, the day the Olympic qualifying period has started? Arthur PILARD: No, nothing has changed for me, I will continue to give 100% for my nation and proudly represent my country.
Are you looking for races where you can score more points? Arthur PILARD: I don’t have any race in mind at the moment, we didn’t start talking about it with the team and coaches. I still would like to go to the United States this winter to do some races because I’ve never been there yet.
Has peaking after 1 September been something you aimed for? Arthur PILARD: Initially no date was given regarding the opening of quotas, so it wasn’t a goal. Now that the quotas are open, we will work hard to get the first place in the ranking.
How badly do you want to go to Tokyo for the Olympic Games in 2020?
Name: David Graf Racing number: 7/ 48 Hometown: Winterthur, Switzerland
Being in the top 10 in the UCI World Cup Ranking with 355 points, what's your goal for the last two rounds in SDE? David Graf: I'd like to add two more main events and show that I'm capable of doing better than 7th or 8th.
Is the Olympic qualifying period on your mind when you're doing races after 1 September? David Graf: I like that there is more on the line again. I started off with two C1 wins in Prague and will probably try to add a couple more C1 races early on in the quali period.
What's the best section on the track in Santiago del Estero? David Graf: There is nothing specially good, maybe the surface. It has been a while since we raced a soiltec track!
How long is your travel from home to Rounds 7&8 in Argentina? David Graf: We will leave 5pm Monday in Zürich, and arrive 5:30pm in SDE. Plus 6h time change. 30h?!
Name: Mathis Ragot Richard Racing number: 161 Hometown: Saint Etienne, France Elite Men UCI World Cup Ranking 2018: Actually 10th
Have things changed for you since 1 September, the day the Olympic qualifying period has started? Mathis Ragot Richard: Nothing change, I'll just try to do my best each race I compete as usual. French team were strong this year, and we'll try to get 3 spots for Tokyo, this is the most important for us.