Race report

Tom Dumoulin continues return from injury with strong 3rd in Dauphiné TT

Critérium du Dauphiné

Ahead of the rider’s today at the Dauphiné was a tricky 26 kilometre long time trial, starting and finishing in the town of Roanne. From the start house the road slowly rose upwards before the riders reached the main focal point of the time trial; the climb of Saint-André-d’Apchon. With the final two kilometres of the ascent averaging over seven percent in gradient it proved to be a stern test for the peloton. Once over the summit a sinuous descent was waiting for the riders, before a flat and less technical closing ten kilometres to the line.

Martijn Tusveld set a good early benchmark time, moving into the provisional hot seat before others would best his effort. Likewise, neo-pro Florian Stork also set a time that was good enough for the top ten when he finished before ending further down the rankings as other riders came across the line.

Tom Dumoulin was last down the ramp for the team and set the fastest time at the intermediate split by less than a second ahead of Alaphilippe. Down the technical descent and over the flat terrain that followed, the former world champion continued his strong ride and would move into the provisional hot seat with a time of 34 minutes and 25 seconds. Dumoulin’s effort stood at the top of the leaderboards for a long time, before he ultimately finished the day in third place. A good result as he continues his return to racing after the crash at the Giro.

“There is always something inside me that hopes for more so I will always be disappointed, even if this was to be expected,” explained Dumoulin at the finish. “For now, if you look at today with reason it was an okay performance but the winner in me doesn’t like it. I would like to be race ready here and winning ready but I’m not. I know why and I know that I shouldn’t be expecting more but it is what it is.”

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek added: “Today was a solid performance from Tom. We have to understand that he is still building up his form because he hasn’t been able to do the amount of training to compete at his highest level yet. Technically he did a very good time trial, his cornering was good and everything worked out well. He still needs to be in better shape to be riding for the win today but we can accept this and we’re pleased with where he is at. There is a positive atmosphere within the group; Tom is getting stronger each stage and the whole team is riding better day-by-day. For now we’re looking forward to the coming stages and defending Casper’s KOM jersey.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VAN AERT Wout Team Jumbo-Visma 33:38 60
2 VAN GARDEREN Tejay EF Education First 0:31 25
3 DUMOULIN Tom Team Sunweb 0:47 10
40 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 2:16 -
46 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb 2:35 -
75 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 3:28 -
96 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team Sunweb 3:52 -
110 PEDERSEN Casper Team Sunweb 4:19 -
123 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb 4:54 -