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

Procycling - - TOM DUMOULIN -

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 [2017].

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.

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