BinckBank Tour: Stefan Küng happy to beat world-class time trialists
Aug 09 2017 03:37 am CET

BinckBank Tour: Stefan Küng happy to beat world-class time trialists
BinckBank Tour: Stefan Küng happy to beat world-class time trialists
Photo of Stefan Küng by A.S.O

The second stage of the BinckBank Tour was an Individual Time Trial won by BMC's Stefan Küng. The Swiss rider was amazed that he beat some of the best time trialists in the world and took the leader's jersey of the race.

It was an eventful day in the Netherlands. Rain caused mayhem on the route and many riders hit the deck, including world champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin). "It was a tricky time trial," said Küng at the end of the day. "It's a city parcours, so there were lots of corners, lots of signs and painting on the road and with the rain, it made it a big challenge.

"I think I was able to push all the way through, but with all the roundabouts it was hard to know exactly when to push. On a time trial like this, you are always on the line of how much risk you want to take because you want to go as fast as possible, but you don't want to go down, and I think I managed to do that well today."

Despite being a difficult route with sharp corners that became particularly dangerous with the rain, the Swiss managed to beat some important time trialists. "It was a really difficult parcours. Even when I went out, the roads were wet, and it was raining slightly, and there was a lot of tricky corners, and we saw that a few guys crashed," he commented.

"You had to be focused, and there were about 20 turns. You had to remember which turn to take in which way and without an intermediate check point it was all out until the end. When I saw I had the best time, I knew I had beaten good riders like Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe) and Jos Van Emden (Team Lotto-NLJumbo) but you never know. You just have to hope that you still have the best time at the end."

Küng would want to keep leading the General Classification until the end, but he knows it can be difficult. "The goal is to take this jersey all the way to finish. It is going to be hard as there are some difficult stages, a lot of difficult stages actually with the race heading to the Ardennes and then the finish in Geraardsbergen. But I am coming out of the Tour de France, and I am in good shape so, we will fight until the end."



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