Du­moulin won the stage 20 time trial at the Tour. The day be­fore, on the ! inal moun­tain stage, he tried in vain to drop the yel­low jer­sey while also de­fend­ing his podium place from Pri­mož Roglic

Procycling - - TOM DUMOULIN -

Pro: The Tour ended on a high…

TD: It looks a bit like Primo Roglic’s pose when he cel­e­brates his wins with the ski-jump­ing tele­mark pose. That wasn’t my in­ten­tion! That was the best win of the sea­son. I started to come down with some­thing dur­ing the clos­ing week and I felt like the end of the Tour couldn’t come quickly enough. In the days be­fore, I felt my­self start to de­te­ri­o­rate. It was very frus­trat­ing be­cause I was still hop­ing to at­tack Thomas. To make it worse, my po­si­tion was un­der threat from Roglic. In­stead of be­ing the hunter, I be­came the prey. I didn’t like that at all. I car­ried that anger over to the TT, but I’d lost the feel­ing of frus­tra­tion by then; I felt calm once more and I would just have to see where the ship would land. Pro: You had a prob­lem with your skin­suit, too... TD: My suit­case with my time trial kit was miss­ing. Dur­ing the Tour, no one feels like trans­port­ing and un­pack­ing a 25kg suit­case ev­ery day. That’s why I al­ways leave some of the time trial kit that I know I won’t need un­til later, in the truck. That bag went miss­ing. I had sent the staff a mes­sage the night be­fore: ‘I left two bags of my kit with you, please make sure they will be there to­mor­row.’ ‘Yes, yes, it will be taken care of’, I was told. Then, the next day, I dis­cov­ered that the bag wasn’t there. But I won the time trial by just one se­cond – that was an in­cred­i­ble story. Ev­ery­thing came to­gether in the end.

Pro: And then the tim­ing dur­ing the time trial was wrong and they ini­tially put Froome ahead of you...

TD: The in­ci­dent con­cern­ing Froome’s time also ac­com­pa­nies that quite well. When I was look­ing back at the footage, for a while I thought they might have messed around with the time to let me win. But it turned out they had stopped the clock too early when Froome ar­rived. You couldn’t make days like that up.

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