Kelderman disappointed with Time Trial performance
Jul 16 2016 11:02 pm CET

Kelderman disappointed with Time Trial performance
Kelderman disappointed with Time Trial performance

Dutchman Wilco Kelderman of Lotto NL-Jumbo is disappointed by his result on the Individual Time Trial of the Tour de France in which he finished in 45th position, 4'57'' behind the winner of the stage, Tom Dumoulin.

"It is very disappointing. Those cross winds made it dangerous. I was really scared in the downhill. You want to be fast, so you've to choose a three-spoke front wheel and a disc rear. If you want to win you have to go for the fastest option," said Kelderman.

The former Time Trial Champion of the Netherlands decided to ride with a specialized wheel despite the wind.

“The only positive is that he stayed upright. From the car, we quickly saw that it was not good. We went for a top 10 place and I'm sure he can do it, but after the first intermediate point his time was already so bad that we decided for staying safe. We directed him to ride safely rather than take risk for a top 30," commented performance manager Mathieu Heijboer.

The wind made the stage a dangerous one. Edward Theuns of Trek-Segafredo suffered a fall that caused his abandon and Julien Alaphillipe of Etixx-Quick-Step also had a fall but was able to continue and remains in the race.
Photo of Wilco Kelderman (cropped) by Lotto NL-Jumbo





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