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by Shane Stokes
January 25, 2018
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Speaking after his first international victory as a pro, Ryan Mullen explained the circumstances of his win and said that he believed the road bikes-only rule may have helped him against the clock in the Vuelta a San Juan.
“Obviously, our bike is incredibly fast, probably faster than my previous TT bike on its own,” he said, speaking about the Trek Madone. “I know that we have some of the best equipment in the whole race and that was definitely a big motivation for me. We have the best bike; we have great wheels, the only thing missing was the [bar] extensions. Last year guys rode them, and we assumed it was the same, and we only found out two days ago we cannot even use it.
“The problem for me is I am actually a big guy, I have a big frame, and in the TT position, I am lucky that I am able to get very small for someone my size and hold a really good position. That’s one of the factors that makes me good at time trials; I am able to bend my body into a shape it’s not supposed to go. But on the road bike I have nothing to pull on like with the extensions; normally I would pull on the bars quite a lot.”
Mullen explained that it was the first time for him to have to do a time trial on his road bike. He’d have preferred to be on his TT machine, but made do as best as possible. He put extra bar tape where his elbows rest and turned his hoods in to have something to hold onto. “I struggled a little bit to hold the power I normally hold [on a TT bike] but it worked out really good – in the end, I think everyone was in the same boat.”