After Team Sunweb took a clean sweep in the team time trial World Championships, Tom Dumoulin (NED) completed a superb start to the championships by racing to a gold medal in the individual time trial on his Giant Trinity. The win caps an incredible year for both Dumoulin and Team Sunweb so far, with the Dutch rider taking his maiden Grand Tour victory at the Giro d’Italia as well as the overall victory at the BinckBank Tour.
Dumoulin raced around the 31km course in a time of 44’41”, posting the fastest times at each checkpoint before finishing a stunning 57″ ahead of the silver medal atop the testing finishing climb of Mount Fløyen. The win once again reaffirms the success of all the hard work and time spent preparing for the discipline, with the team’s coaches and experts to fine tune every detail of his effort. Teammates Wilco Keldermann (NED) and Nikias Arndt (GER) finished 7th and 19th respectively.
With a wide smile and face of exitement, Dumoulin said after the finish: “I can’t believe it, it’s really amazing! I thought my power meter was off because it was so high. 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.
He added: “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. 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.”