A NEAR MISS AT THE WORLDS
Dumoulin crossed the line at the Worlds road race in Innsbruck having inished fourth in the fourrider sprint. Days before, he conceded his rainbow jersey to Rohan Dennis in the time trial
Pro: What do you think of this image, taken just after the finish of the road race?
TD: I was quite disappointed at first. Fourth out of four in the sprint: that’s not something I’m incredibly proud of. The best three were already racing at the front. But then looking back, I can say overall I’m very happy and proud. I’ve always liked to challenge myself and those one-day race parcours have always been difficult for me. It often didn’t happen for me – getting a top result in those races. This time I did for once. It’s a good change.
Pro: Do you really think so? You were on your way to a medal in the Worlds in Richmond and you raced a great finale in the Clásica San Sebastián .
TD: Still, I’m not as consistent with them as with the stage races. I can really prepare myself for those and I know it will all be fine. I never know what the results will be, but I can keep up with the best of them during the stage races. I never had that type of certainty during a one-day race before. Even when I was superconcentrated and prepared, it never seemed to do much good. I either couldn’t keep up or my legs would give way 50km from the finish, and I wouldn’t know why. I’m hoping that the result from Innsbruck will give me more insight into how I should approach these races and how to prepare for them.
Pro: You said the climb went very well in the team time trial at the Worlds. But three days later, during your solo TT, you couldn’t find your rhythm when you rode it again. Can you explain why?
TD: No, not really. It was very disappointing. I wasn’t good. But even if I had been on better form, Dennis still probably would have beaten me – he was great. I was far from my usual level, but I take a lot of pride and motivation from that: even when I had an offday, I still came in second. That really cheered me up.