Tom Dumoulin has seized the national time trial title at the Dutch championships for the fourth time in his career. In tropical conditions, the Limburger of Team Jumbo-Visma rushed to victory in the province of Drenthe.
Along the way, Dumoulin recorded the fastest intermediate time. During the second lap on the local course the new champion assured himself of the victory. Alongside Dumoulin, teammate Koen Bouwman also appeared at the start of the race against the clock. Bouwman rode to bronze behind Dumoulin and Sebastian Langeveld.
“In the second part the heat started to play a role. My legs became slightly tired. It was hard work”, a relieved Dumoulin said. “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.”
In the build-up to the Olympics, this boost comes as a godsend for the cheerful Dumoulin. “It’s not easy to return to my old level, but gradually things are improving. 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.”
Despite the fact that the tough conditions were gruelling, the trialist also saw room to enjoy his own performance. “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”, Dumoulin concluded.