Tom Dumoulin takes fourth TT Dutch title: I am close to my good form
Jun 17 2021 10:27 am CET

Tom Dumoulin takes fourth TT Dutch title: I am close to my good form
Tom Dumoulin takes fourth TT Dutch title: I am close to my good form
Photo of Tom Dumoulin by Jumbo-Visma

Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) has taken the victory of the time trial at the Dutch national championships.

It was one of the first races in the return to riding for the Dutchman, who decided to take a time off after arriving to his new team. The rider got his fourth National title in the discipline after completing the 29.6-kilometre circuit in Emmen, in 36 minutes and six seconds, being 27 seconds faster than Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education-Nippo) and his teammate Koen Bouwman.

"In the second part the heat started to play a role. My legs became slightly tired. It was hard work", said Dumoulin. "But I have recovered well after a week of racing in Switzerland. I rode a very good time trial.

"If I had ridden this time trial a few years ago, I would have been very happy too. I am close to my good form. In Switzerland it went a little bit better every day. I started to like racing more and more. I have continued that feeling. I am very happy with the title today. This is really a victory over myself."

This is a good performance for the Dutchman ahead of one of the objectives of his season: the time trial of the Olympic Games. "It's not easy to return to my old level, but gradually things are improving," he explained. "These kilometres on the time trial bike are very important towards the Olympics. My base just needs to be a little more stable. I have every confidence that it will work out.

"I am so happy with this victory. It had been a long time since I had won a race. Of the four time trial titles won at the Dutch championships, this one feels the most special. I can say that I am proud of myself."

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