Tom Dumoulin took a stunning victory in the men’s time-trial at the the World Championships in Bergen on Wednesday.
Having finished third behind Bradley Wiggins and Martin in 2014 and second to Fabian Cancellara at last year’s Rio Olympics, this was a first major global time-trial title for Dumoulin, whose Sunweb outfit claimed team time-trial gold on Sunday.
“I can’t believe it, it’s really amazing! I thought my power meter was off because it was so high”, said Dumoulin.
“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.
“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.”