Dumoulin and Sunweb aiming high in team time trial

09 July 2018 05:24
Tom Dumoulin gained time on Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) after they were delayed by crashes in the hectic finale of stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de France. Now he hopes to gain time on other overall rivals in the 35.5km team time trial around Cholet on Monday, and perhaps even take the race leader's yellow jersey. Dumoulin's Team Sunweb teammates ensured the Dutchman was protected and in the front group on Saturday, allowing him to gain 51 seconds on Froome, Porte and Yates and 1:15 on Quintana. Sunweb is one of the strongest squads for the team time trial, and so could enjoy a second big time-gain day on Monday, further boosting Dumoulin's GC standing, morale and overall ambitions. Team Sunweb won the world team time trial title in Bergen, Norway, last year, with Dumoulin also taking the individual title. If they can harness the same power and speed on the fast 35.5km course west of Cholet, they could perhaps win the stage and gain significant chunks of time on the likes of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet, Mikel Landa and Alejandro (Movistar), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) and UAE Team Emirates' leader Dan Martin.ADVERTISEMENT Dumoulin is aware of the opportunity in front of him but refused to get carried away. "I hope to gain time. It's always good when to gain time," he said, cautiously. "I usually make a big contribution in team time trials, but it depends on my legs and how I feel. I have had some good days in TTTs, but also some less good days. We'll see…" Dumoulin would have to lead Team Sunweb over the line and win the team time trial, beating Bora-Hansgrohe and Peter Sagan by 16 seconds, to pull on the yellow jersey. A scientific approach You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

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