Tom Dumoulin: I’m one of the guys who can do a really good climb on the TT bike
Sep 20 2017 07:37 pm CET

Tom Dumoulin: I’m one of the guys who can do a really good climb on the TT bike
Tom Dumoulin: I’m one of the guys who can do a really good climb on the TT bike
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Tom Dumoulin has become the first rider from the Netherlands to take the Time Trial World Championships title on a day full of rain and tactics.

The Dutchman was the second-to-last to start the route in Bergen, Norway, and despite the rain and the climb on a time trial bike, arrived to the finish line with an advantage of almost one minute over his closest contender Primoz Roglic. "I can’t believe it, it’s really amazing! I thought my power meter was off because it was so high," said the rider at the end of the competition.

"I felt really, really good. After it started raining I had to take the corners really slow, especially in the first kilometre of the climb with all the twists and turns, every corner my back wheel was slipping because I had my TT tyres on, as I thought it would stay dry."

The course of the time trial had a final climb up Mount Fløyen and the UCI allowed a change of bike for the riders that wanted to swap their TT bikes for road ones. Even though Dumoulin had commented that he was likely going to change bikes, at the end he didn't.

"I chose not to take the risk swapping bikes. I think I’m one of the guys who can do a really good climb on the TT bike and have no problems handling it, so I think it was the right decision," he commented.

Dumoulin's title comes one day after Annemiek van Vleuten took the gold at the women's elite time trial and days after he himself, with Sunweb, won the team time trial at the championships. "Doing the double is amazing. Last Sunday it was a bit of a surprise that we won with the team, it was an amazing day. I think today is less surprising – I was one of the favourites, but in some ways that makes it harder."




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