Tom Dumoulin: It’s not the end of the world if I don't perform in the opening time trial
May 02 2018 07:16 pm CET

Tom Dumoulin: It’s not the end of the world if I don't perform in the opening time trial
Tom Dumoulin: It’s not the end of the world if I don't perform in the opening time trial
Tom Dumoulin wearing the rainbow kit

Defending Giro d'Italia champion Tom Dumoulin hopes to get a good result in the opening time trial on Friday, but avoids putting too much pressure on himself from so early on.

The 27-year-old of Sunweb blew away the competition in the time trials of the 2017 edition of the Giro, but knows that winning the relatively short time trial in Jerusalem won't be easy.

"It’s not the end of the world if I don't perform in the opening time trial, but it would be nice to get a good result and hopefully win it," the Dutchman said.

"I haven't seen the course yet but, in the book, it seems hilly, so it’s good. My first impressions of Israel have been great. I arrived late last night but I couldn’t resist the urge to visit the old city of Jerusalem, so I headed over on my bike. People were looking at me a bit funny, wondering who’s this guy with normal clothes on a race bike..."

Dumoulin aims to take the experience gained from last year's title-winning campaign and apply it as much as possible this year.

"Being the defending champion of the Giro, the difference is how people look at me but I haven’t changed. I was maybe too eager to show myself to the world at the beginning of the season but, after I reflected on what went wrong in the spring, I’m more confident in my capabilities at the start of the Giro. I’ve also learned from last year how to overcome the difficult moments. But I haven’t 'reckonned' any of the mountain stages for this year."
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