Vuelta a España - Wilco Kelderman: I was completely spent at the finish
Sep 06 2017 12:54 am CET

Vuelta a España - Wilco Kelderman: I was completely spent at the finish
Vuelta a España - Wilco Kelderman: I was completely spent at the finish
Photo of Wilco Kelderman © Team Sunweb

Wilco Kelderman finished second in Tuesday's Individual Time Trial and recovered his podium spot at the expense of Ilnur Zakarin.

The Team Sunweb rider was seen as a candidate to do well in this time trial and delivered a solid performance, finishing ahead of most of his general classification opponents. Only Team Sky's Chris Froome was 29 seconds faster.

"I was completely spent at the finish as I had gone really deep," he told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. "At that point I didn't know how it had gone. It was very painful and then you never know how it went. It went really well at the start, which gave me confidence."

The Dutchman caught Orica-Scott's Esteban Chaves early in the race, which demonstrated how fast he had gone in the first sector.

"I didn't know that I would catch (Esteban) Chaves that fast. I hoped that I would catch him. It was nice when I did. By the time I got to the finish I had to go very deep. I think I started a little too fast but to finish second behind Froome is great.

"The beginning went really well and I could see that I was riding well by watching my wattages. That's the best way for us to see how fast we are going. I slowed down in the last part. I just tried to go as fast as I could to the finish and, which is the best thing you can do."

Kelderman was never really scared of catching the virus that hit some of his teammates, including his principal helper Sam Oomen who had to abandon the race as a result.

"The guys are no longer suffering from it so I think the virus is gone now. I was never really afraid of it. I've been fit and if you focus too much on it, you're more likely to get it. It hasn't been on my mind."



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