Tom Dumoulin: Worlds time trial is not an indicator for the road race

Road World Championships Imola 2020 - Men Elite Time Trial - Imola - Imola 31,7 km - 25/09/2020 - Tom Dumoulin (NED - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo Ilario Biondi/BettiniPhoto©2020
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin was 10th in World Time Trial championships on Friday (Image credit: Bettini Image)

Tom Dumoulin had barely left Imola when he realised he wouldn’t be receiving a rainbow jersey on his return. The out-and-back nature of the World Championships time trial route meant that riders tackled a headwind in the first half before returning to the finish with the breeze at their backs, but the Dutchman already sensed the direction in which his challenge was headed.

“I was just riding a very bad time trial. After five minutes, I knew it wasn't going to be," Dumoulin said after placing 10th, some 1:14 down on new world champion Filippo Ganna (Italy). “I fought to the finish, but there was nothing.”

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.