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by Shane Stokes
November 28, 2017
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If Ryan Mullen is obsessed with time, it’s because of the scars. In September 2014 he missed out on under 23 world championship TT gold by just 0.48 seconds. In October 2016 he lost bronze in the elite TT worlds by 11 seconds.
In August 2017 he was third in the European TT championships. His deficit to the gold medal? Just four measly seconds.
It’s a trio of near misses, a hat-trick of what-could-have-beens. Little wonder he spends a lot of time thinking about finding an edge. Speaking to Mullen in the off-season in Girona, he believes he could be on the verge of a breakthrough. After two years with Cannondale-Drapac, he’s making a change. He has signed a two-season deal with Trek-Segafredo, and he’s feeling upbeat about what that might bring.
“It’ll mean a lot more wins, hopefully,” he said, tucking into food after a training ride. “The equipment will be better. We know I am going to go faster. It is just a case of me working hard over the winter to ensure that I actually do go faster.
“The thing is, the strongest rider doesn’t win time trials any more. It is the guy who has the best equipment, who has the most dialled position. Obviously you have got to be strong, but it is aerodynamics to the forefront now.”
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