After a stellar performance in the Vuelta a España’s individual time trial today, Team Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman takes 2nd on the stage and moves up to 3rd in the general classification.
4th in the general classification before starting the stage and looking to take some precious seconds in the overall standings, Wilco Kelderman was last off the ramp for Team Sunweb today. When he posted the fastest time at the first checkpoint at 13 kilometres, it became clear he was on for a great finish. Wilco continued his race against the clock in fantastic style, surpassing his rivals to take the fastest time at the second time check and then once again at the finish line. When the top GC guys had finished only one could best his time of 47 minutes and 29 seconds, which saw him finish the day in an impressive 2nd place. His performance during the Vuelta’s 16th stage sees him move up to 3rd in the general classification, with just five stages left to contest.
After the stage Wilco said: “I’m really happy with today and I hope to stay on this level for the remainder of the race. There was a lot of side/front winds which made it quite hard to hold my arms straight, then there was lots of uphill and downhill sections in the second part. It was quite hard to keep going but I went as deep as I could. I’m pleased with my time trial and it’s good to move 3rd on the GC. Tomorrow is another hard stage where we will continue to fight.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “Wilco did a really strong time trial today and really surpassed expectations. It wasn’t the type of parcours where we would expect huge time gaps, because there was a strong tailwind and there were no really climbs to make a difference. He rode faster than the guys close to him on GC which means that he moves up to third overall so we can be happy with what he did out there today.”