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by Shane Stokes
September 21, 2017
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Completing a rare Grand Tour/Elite men’s time trial title double, Giro d’Italia victor Tom Dumoulin proved best in Bergen, Norway on Wednesday. The Dutchman aced the test, finishing well clear of his rivals and joining just four others as winners of the double in the same year. The last, Jan Ullrich, did so 18 years ago, underlining the rarity of the feat.
Dumoulin was one of the riders who elected not to switch from his TT bike for the climb to the line, instead pressing onwards without interruption. He finished a clear 58 seconds ahead of Primoz Roglic (Slovenia), with another 2017 Grand Tour winner Chris Froome (Great Britain) having to be happy with third. He was some way off his best form and finished one minute 21 seconds back, eight seconds clear of the trio of Nelson Oliveira (Portugal), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Gianni Moscon (Italy). Australia’s Rohan Dennis crashed and finished back in eighth.
“I can’t believe it, it’s really amazing,” said Dumoulin. “I had such a good day, I thought my power meter was off. It was [reading] so high and I felt really good. It started raining, so I needed to take corners slow, especially in the first kilometre of the climb, with all the twists and turns. On every corner my back wheel was slipping. I had TT tires on the bike, because I thought it was going to be dry.”
There was plenty of talk before the race about whether or not riders would change bikes. Dumoulin considered it. “I was doubting whether or not I would swap bikes for a long time. At first I thought definitely I would change bikes, but then I saw the climb last Friday,” he said.
“Yesterday I made the decision, let’s not take the risks. I’m one of guys who can do a climb on a TT bike, I have no problem handling it. I think it was the right decision.”