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Highlights of season 2016

Season 2016 is done. A great year with several ups and downs; victory at the Dutch Championships, stage victories at Tour de France, the crash in the Tour de France, a very successful Giro d’Italia, a disappointed World Championships and of course silver at the Olympics.

Olympics 2016
The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was definitely one of my highlights of 2016. It was a unique experience and I’m glad that I chased my Olympic dream. One of the things that made the Olympics so special was the Olympic village where we ‘lived’ with all the athletes from all over the world in a few square kilometers with huge dining rooms, laundry rooms etc.

It wasn’t that easy for me to just say "I circle my whole focus around Rio in 2016 because that is my dream". You have to understand that the sponsors of the team don't get any exposure from that because sponsoring is mostly blocked from the Olympics and a focus on a GC would be better for the WorldTour points. So I'm very grateful that Team Giant-Alpecin has fully supported me and that I could chase my Olympic dream.

Cyclist of the Year
In November I received the 'Cyclist of the Year' award for the third consecutive time! I’m very honoured especially because it was such a succesfull year for Dutch cycling with the victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Wout Poels), the almost GC victory at Giro d'Italia (Steven Kruijswijk), the victory at Clásica San Sebastian (Bauke Mollema), the stage victory at the Vuelta (Robert Gesink) and many more. We can be proud of our small country!

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Click here to see a few pictures of some highlights of this season. Looking forward to 2017!

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Tom takes silver medal at the Olympic time trial

After a huge effort, Tom claimed a silver medal at the Olympic time trial today. Fabien Cancellara was the fastest to take the victory.

Dumoulin won a time trial at the Tour de France last month and was optimistic of success, however, a crash in the final week of the Tour affected his preparations for the Olympics. He stopped the clock at 1 hour 30 minutes 2 seconds for the 54.6km course, 47 seconds behind winner Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland). Great Britain's Chris Froome was looking to follow up his Tour de France win with a gold, but had to settle for the bronze. 

Tom said: “I wasn’t able to go 47 seconds faster. In the first lap, I was a bit cautious and I felt my wrist as well. I’ve mixed feelings about the outcome and I am mostly disappointment. I came for gold but on the other hand, I am proud of silver after this super stressful week.”


After a huge effort, Tom claimed a silver medal at the Olympic time trial today. Fabien Cancellara was the fastest to take the victory.

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Tom wins stage 9 of the Tour de France

Today was the first proper mountain top finish at the Tour de France. The stage was 184km long and most of it took place in Spain, in the autonomous area of Catalonia. The final climb was Arcalis in the country of Andorra, a hors category climb, one of the hardest climbs in the Tour. There was a turbulent start with constant attacks, followed by a large group, which got away with Tom Dumoulin. They managed to increase their advantage to a maximum of nine minutes with Team Sky setting the pace at the front of the peloton.

Towards the Arcalis, the highest point of the Tour and the fifth ascent of the day, Tom attacked and climbed at a steady pace to enjoy an one minute advantage on the first chasers, halfway through the climb. In extreme weather conditions, Tom was able to stay away, to the mountaintop finish to win his first stage at the Tour de France.

Tom Dumoulin gave his reaction: “To win the queen stage of the Tour de France here in Andorra is just fantastic. If somebody had told me a few days ago that I would win today I would have said they were crazy. Throughout the stage, I was starting to feel better and I saw the opportunity to join the break as my legs were feeling really good.

“It didn’t matter to me that it was raining on the final ascent, I was just determined to do my best and I barely noticed the weather conditions. I was just in the suffering mode and completely focused on my effort. I am super happy with this performance.

“The first week of the Tour didn’t go too well at all and I was not feeling particularly content with my performances but my team kept my spirits up. So now I have won one of the toughest stages of the Tour and I am very proud of myself and the whole team.”

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Tom takes pink in Giro d’Italia

Tom won the time trial which opened the Giro d’Italia in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and became the first to wear the pink jersey of the race leader.

The former Dutch Champion covered the 9.8 m city course in 11:03, taking the win by .022 of a second, in only the first time he has ridden the Giro.

The team received a royal visit before the start, as King Willem Alexander came by the team bus to wish the luck, and he was also one of the first to congratulate the 25-year-old after the stage.

His win means that now Giant-Alpecin has worn the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours — the Tour de France in 2014 and the Vuelta a Espana last year, with Dumoulin in red for six stages.

Dumoulin, who was also a Dutch national time trial champion, had set out to win this stage. He set out to great cheers from his homeland fans, and set the best time at the intermediate time check on his way to victory. He powered his way to the finish line in the same time to a tenth of a second as Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), forcing the decision to be based on the hundredths of a second.

He was not the only star for the German team. Tobias Ludvigsson put in a best time of 11:11, and sat on the hot seat for much of the day, until he was displaced by Roglic. The Swede finished the day as fourth, only eight seconds back, and his time was good enough to give him the white jersey as best young rider.

Tom couldn’t stop smiling. “This is incredible, even better than I ever dreamed. To win by such a small gap before this incredible home crowd is a very special feeling. This is a huge success not only for me but also for the whole team.”

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Tom won the time trial which opened the Giro d’Italia in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and became the first to wear the pink jersey of the race leader.

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Tom’s road to Rio runs through the Giro d’Italia

Team Giant-Alpecin and Team Liv-Plantur were presented to the media and guests today at the Italian Embassy in Berlin. Team Giant-Alpecin chose the capital of Germany, where the team’s WorldTour license is registered, as the location of the Team Launch for the second year in a row.

The Ambassador of Italy, H.E. Pietro Benassi, officially opened the presentation in a setting offering a strong association with the history of cycling. Italy has brought the world legendary riders and monumental races such as the Giro d’Italia and Milan–San Remo, as well as the passion of the tifosi and a commitment to extending that passion for cycling to new areas all over the world.

The 2016 lineups of the men’s and women’s teams were presented to the audience, along with the full roster of partners. Title partners Giant and Alpecin and current partner Sunweb have been joined by Renson, the trendsetting Belgian manufacturer of ventilation systems, sun shading systems and terrace covers, as a new key partner for 2016 and beyond.

Team Giant-Alpecin CEO Iwan Spekenbrink said: “This year we are continuing to work with a young group of riders who will further develop within our unique elite sports environment based on the ‘Keep Challenging’ approach and principles. Alongside this we will have an enhanced focus on promoting the regrowth of cycling in Germany through grassroots development aimed at both German youth and young talents in the sport. So today is also an important day for German cycling.”

Tom during the presentation: “I can look back on 2015 with good feelings – it was kind of a break through season really, even if it didn’t work out exactly as planned. But this opened up new opportunities that I grabbed to make it special.

If you do a good GC ride once, it’s very tempting to become a GC rider and always go for GC in Grand Tours but my main goals are actually the time trial in Rio and the time trials in the Giro, so it’s going to be more of a time trial year than a GC year.”

Throughout his short career, Tom’s biggest problem has often been his surfeit of options, given his talents against the watch, in shorter stage races and hilly one-day races. When mapping out his 2016 campaign, Tom simply started with his priority: the Olympic time trial, and adapted the rest of the calendar around the Brazilian expedition.

“We knew that Rio would be the focus, the main goal, so we looked at what we could do. Normally two weeks after a Grand Tour, I’m going quite well so the Tour would have been an option. But on the other hand, I always react really well to altitude camps and training in general – look at the Vuelta, I only did six weeks of training before and I was in great shape,” Tom said.

“In the end, we went for the Giro because it starts in Holland and it’s a beautiful course for me with the two time trials, so there’s a chance to wear the pink jersey early on. How we approach things after the Giro is not completely certain yet, but probably it’s going to be training and the Tour of Poland.”

Having spent the first ten days of the 2015 Vuelta firmly insisting he had no expectations of staying in the general classification hunt for three weeks, Tom may have built a rod for his own back when it comes to downplaying expectations at the Giro d’Italia. And if Dumoulin peforms as he can in the Chianti time trial on stage 9, he will likely find himself in the general classification battle whether he wishes it or not.

“We’ll see after nine days how the GC is formed or where I’m at. It’s not the focus to go there for GC from the start, but what do you do if you’re still in GC after nine days? It’s a bit the like the Vuelta: we don’t have a plan yet, but it would be a waste to then sit up and do nothing,” Tom said.

Thinking of Rio

Dumoulin will begin his 2016 campaign at the Tour of Oman in late February, before tackling Paris-Nice, Milan-San Remo and the Volta a Catalunya. An appearance before his Limburg fans at Amstel Gold Race apart, he will eschew the Ardennes Classics in order to take in an altitude training camp ahead of the Tour de Romandie and the Giro d’Italia.

“I didn’t want to do all of the Ardennes Classics because I’ve focused three or four years on being good there and it never worked out. Maybe it’s not my time of year,” he admitted.

After the Giro d’Italia, all thoughts turn to Olympic preparations, though Dumoulin has ruled out the prospect of travelling to Rio de Janeiro to reconnoitre the course beforehand, citing the limited benefits of such a mid-season trek. He has been aware for the past two years, however, that the hilly parcours suits him better than, say, Tony Martin.

“We did a course recon of the Tour prologue in Utrecht last year and it wasn’t very helpful. I saw what it was like but it wasn’t like I changed my training or anything. It was only to see it, and it was so far ahead of the Tour that I forgot the course by the time it actually came around. And it didn’t change anything in terms of the result, I think,” Dumoulin said.

“And that was also our thought about going to Rio – will it change anything? Because it’s quite a long trip just to see a course, so we made the decision not to go. The national coach has filmed it, so I have all the videos, and I will watch it and in any case, I will be there at least a week or ten days before the Olympics.”

 

 

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Tom Dumoulin Dutch cyclist of the year

In this years Tour de France, Tom was one of the favourites to take victory in the opening time trial on home soil in Utrecht, the Netherlands, but ultimately finished fourth.On stage 3, he was involved in a massive, high-speed crash and had to abandon the race.

Dumoulin recovered from his injuries to ride the 2015 Vuelta a España. In the Vuelta Dumoulin showed some of his class. The time trial specialist discovered himself with great rides in the mountain stages. He took the red jersey several times only to lose it during the last mountian stage of the Vuelta to Fabian Aru.

Because of his great results this year, Dumoulin was awarded with the title Limburg rider of the year. Wout Poels from team Sky and Mike Teunissen were also nominated. This is the second time that Dumoulin won this title which is being organised by the club24 (former pro-riders from Limburg). Dumoulin was also elected Dutch rider of the year by the audience of Wielerreveu).

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Tom Dumoulin takes 11th place at the World Championships

The UCI world championships in Richmond, Virginia, closed with the road race for elite men. Today’s race, just like all other road races, took place on the same challenging, technical and inner-city road circuit, which covered 16.2km. The elite men competed for the title of world champion over a race of 261.4km. The team is supplied three riders for the German team, and one rider each for the Dutch, the United States, Slovenia and Austria.

The day’s escape of 8 riders was caught back with 95km to go. Moving towards the final two laps seven riders attacked, including the former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski.

During the final passage of the cobbled 200-meter climb up to Libby Hill Park the breakaway was caught back again. Peter Sagan attacked on the 100-meter-long climb up 23rd Street which followed and created a large-enough gap to win the worlds solo.

Behind Sagan, Tom Dumoulin took 11th place

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Tom races to 5th at World Championships Individual Time Trial

The world championships in Richmond, Virginia, continued with the individual time trial for elite men. Four riders from Team Giant-Alpecin rode against the clock, representing the national colors of Germany, the United States, the Netherlands and Sweden, respectively. The 53km course included long straight roads and technical turns in the last few kilometers, before heading for the false-flat finishing climb of 680m.

Tom completed the 53km course with a time of 1:03:30 and an average pace of 50.1km/h, which was enough for 5th place.

After his race Tom said: “Yesterday I was still struggling with an injury. But I still set the fifth-fastest time, which gives me a feeling of satisfaction. As a professional athlete you always want more, but sometimes you have to accept that more isn’t possible.”

The world championships in Richmond, Virginia, continued with the individual time trial for elite men. Four riders from Team Giant-Alpecin rode against the

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Tom wins Vuelta time trial and retakes race lead

Tom Dumoulin raced to victory in stage 17 of the Vuelta a España, a time trial of 38.7km, taking his second win of the Vuelta and retaking the race lead.

Stage 17 of the Vuelta was an individual time trial of 38.7km around the city of Burgos. Dumoulin was the fastest on the rolling parcours, with a time of 46’01” and an average pace of 50.5km/h.

His strong performance today lifted him into the lead in the general classification of the Vuelta.

“I am very happy with this victory and with taking the red jersey again,” said Tom. “My legs were great and I was able to concentrate on my performance. I wasn’t thinking about the intermediates, just focusing on my own effort to see what it would bring.

“I have been feeling better by the day, and even now I am still feeling relatively fresh. There are still some difficult days to come, though, which will mean a good show for the fans. There are some important competitors close behind me in the GC, and I hope they will attack each other as well.

“The Vuelta is already a success for me and the team with two stage wins. And we will do our best to make it even better.”

Source: Team Giant-Alpecin

Tom Dumoulin raced to victory in stage 17 of the Vuelta a España, a time trial of 38.7km, taking his second win of the Vuelta and retaking the race lead.

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Tom crashes out of Le Tour de France

Stage 3 of Le Tour de France was a reduced version of La Fleche Wallonne and started in Antwerp to finish 159.5km further on the famous Mur de Huy.

The first points for the polka dot jersey were to be collected with four registered climbs in the finale. Four riders formed the early break of the day and enjoyed a maximum advantage of 3’30”.

With 60km to the finish, a big crash took place in the bunch and took down a lot of riders, including Tom and Ramon Sinkeldam. Unfortunately, Tom was unable to continue the race and had to abandon Le Tour de France. He dislocated his shoulder and went to the hospital for a check. Ramon [Sinkeldam] was able to finish the stage, details about his injuries to follow.

In the meantime the race was neutralized until all crashed riders were back in the bunch. After the race continued the finale was in full progress, as they moved to the Mur de Huy. On the steep climb Joaqium Rodriguez (Team Katusha) was the strongest of the punchers, Warren Barguil climbed to a strong 17th.

With a second place today, Christopher Froome (Team Sky) took over the lead in the general classification.

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After the race Tom said: “I remember everything that happened in the crash. A rider in front of me went down and I tried to pass him on the right side, but I was hit by one of the riders next to me and crashed headfirst. I slid into the grass and dislocated my shoulder, which they immediately put it back into position but my Tour is over.”

“Examination at the hospital have confirmed what we suspected, that Tom has an impression fracture in his glenohumeral joint,” said team physician Stephan Jacolino (NED). “Due to the crash his shoulder was dislocated and the medical team immediately put it back into position. The treatment plan will be made up in the Netherlands during the upcoming days.”

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Tom 8th on stage 2, third in the GC and into white jersey at Le Tour de France
After a very successful opening time trial with massive crowds the peloton left Utrecht this morning for a stage of 166km to finish on the flood barrier Neeltje Jans. As the start sign was given four riders attacked and the bunch gave them the opportunity to take the publicity.

After 65km the first effects of the cross winds were noticed, as splits happened in the bunch. The gap to the four leaders went from 2’30” back to 30” and they were caught with 62.5km to go.

A major point of the race was at km108, as the bunch took a left turn with a crosswind coming from the right side. For the second time the bunch split and this time it was decisive. The first group of 24 riders got away including Tom [Dumoulin] and Warren [Barguil]. A chasing group with John [Degenkolb] and Ramon [Sinkeldam] was left behind.

In the sprint at Neeltje Jans German Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) was the fastest and won the stage. Tom took 8th and Warren [Barguil] 10th.

The winner of yesterday, Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) was not part of the first group and lost his yellow jersey today to Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing). Tom moves up one place in the GC to third, and more important; he takes the white jersey.

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Tom reflected: “My day was good but not perfect. We went for the sprint opportunity for John [Degenkolb] today. He was caught up and not in the first group after the split.

“I only enjoyed the first 20km today, with all the amazing crowds in the Netherlands. After that, the Tour started with all its chaos and stress. I fought for my position all day, which went quite well as the split took place behind me. That was not just luck.

“I can leave the Netherlands with my head held high, as I performed well yesterday. Now I have the white jersey, which feels good and is nice, definitely more special than just wearing it. I hope I can go for yellow now, I will fight and will do my best.”

 

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Tom takes fourth place at the Tour de France opening time trial
Tom took a fourth place at the opening stage of the Tour de France, an individual time trial of 13.8km in the city of Utrecht. Dumoulin put in a time of 15’04” and an average pace of almost 55km/h on the flat parcours, losing only 8″ on winner Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team). Being second in the youth classification, Tom wears the white jersey on stage 2.

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Tom said: ““I rode a strong time trial, which I enjoyed but unfortunately it was not enough for the win. I didn’t hear anything from my coach because I was riding through a wall of sound from the spectators, which was really cool.

“Of course it’s very special to ride on home grounds. Right now I’m a little bit disappointed so I’m not the most enjoyable person to be around.”

Source: Team Giant - Alpecin

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Giant-Alpecin Tour de France line-up

Team Giant-Alpecin announced its final nine-rider line-up for the 102nd Tour de France, which starts in Utrecht (NL) on July 4. After starting in Rotterdam in 2010, the 2015 Tour de France returns to the Netherlands.

With an impressive haul of eight stage wins in the previous two editions of La Grand Boucle, Team Giant-Alpecin heads to this year’s Tour de France once again with the goal of winning a stage in the sprint stages with a difficult finale, the intermediate/transition stages and the mountain stages. Further to this, the team aims to develop the riders’ form and further enhancing the quality of the entire team.

To achieve successful results, German sprinter John Degenkolb will lead the team with his focus on obtaining good results in reduced sprints. With Warren Barguil (FRA), Georg Preidler (AUT) and Ramon Sinkeldam (NED), the team brings three debutants to Utrecht. For Barguil it will his challenge to discover his capabilities in the Tour, which will be an important step in his development as a GC rider. With the young Frenchman, the team aims for stage success in the intermediate /transition- and mountain stages. Preidler is an all-rounder and his qualities will be employed as a support rider in the lead-out as well as the mountain stages. Sinkeldam will be a valuable member of the sprint preparation for Degenkolb.

Other riders forming the line-up for Team Giant-Alpecin’s fifth start at the Tour include road captain Roy Curvers (NED), starting his fourth Tour, and trusty lead-out men Koen de Kort (NED) and Albert Timmer (NED), who both participated in all Tour de France tours the team has competed in thus far. The line-up is completed by Tom Dumoulin (NED), who is aiming for a good result in the opening time trial, and Simon Geschke (GER), who together with Dumoulin returns for his third Tour.

The team looks forward to the start in the Netherlands, and for five of the team’s riders this will be an extra special experience: to start the Tour de France on their home turf. Specific preparations have been made by the team for the Tour de France, starting back in the winter of 2014. The riders, coaches and experts have been fine-tuning every detail of the team’s equipment, training, support and logistics in a continuous preparation process, using aero wind tunnel tests, course recon’s and the altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada.

A notable absentee this year will be German sprinter Marcel Kittel, who worked hard with team’s coaches and experts to get in shape after recovering from a virus. Good progress has been made in this process, however the team decided that Kittel’s basic fitness is still not sufficient to compete in the Tour de France. Therefore the team will be strengthened for stage success over a different type of parcours, the hard sprints. For now, an alternative racing program will be determined by the performance team and Kittel himself and new goals will be set for the autumn to structurally work towards them.

“Of course I am disappointed about not participating in the Tour de France this year,” said Kittel. “But I will have to look ahead and focus on new goals.”

Coach Marc Reef (NED) is looking forward to the Tour: “Our main goal will be for a stage win, and the team for this year’s Tour has a good chance to achieve this goal. Based on the team’s specific strengths, we already have some great opportunities for success in the first week and fully expect to achieve positive results throughout.”

Giant-Alpecin Tour de France line-up:

Warren Barguil (FRA)
Roy Curvers (NED)
John Degenkolb (GER)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Simon Geschke (GER)
Koen de Kort (NED)
Georg Preidler (AUT)
Ramon Sinkeldam (NED)
Albert Timmer (NED)

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Tom fourth at the Dutch Time Trial Championships

Being defending champion, Tom came to the Dutch Nationals with a lot of confidence after a very strong performance at the Tour de Suisse last week, where he won the prologue and the closing time trial.

With an average speed of more than 50.5km/h, Tom raced to fourth on the 54km course around Emmen, 4″ too short for a podium finish and 49″ behind winner Wilco Kelderman (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).

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After his time trial, Tom said: “I was not fully recovered from last week’s Tour de Suisse, but hoped that 95% would be enough for the win. Unfortunately, that was not the case as the level turned out to be too high to take the beautiful jersey home.

“I set my pace using my power meter but the first intermediate already showed that my time wasn’t great so I had to accelerate, which I was not capable of. After the altitude training camp I directly went to the Tour de Suisse, where I dug deep and fought for my GC position every day. For now, I will focus on my recovery and take my rest.”

Coach Adriaan Helmantel added: “The others showed that 100% was necessary for the victory and the level was really high.

“Tour de Suisse was really demanding for Tom. Now we will have the time to recover, as it was a good decision to not start in Sunday’s road race.”

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Tom wins the closing time trial at the Tour de Suisse

Tom raced to victory in the closing time trial of the Tour de Suisse 2015, taking his second win of the week, after his victory in the prologue.

The closing stage of the Tour de Suisse was an individual time trial of 38.4km around the city of Bern. Tom was the fastest, with a time of 48’36” and an average pace of almost 47.5km/h on the rolling parcours.

His strong performance today lifted him to third in the general classification of the Tour de Suisse. Tom was 18″ faster than runner-up and overall winner of the Tour de Suisse, Simon Spilak (Katusha Team).

Also strong performances by Georg with a 19th in the time trial, and Warren, taking 12th in the final GC.

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After his time trial Tom said: “I am really happy with this win. The course went up and down constantly, with a lot of technical sections, which always makes it difficult to find a good rhythm, but that suited me well today.

“Underway I heard the intermediates of the GC competitors and I had mixed feelings because I had hoped for the GC win as well, but the others were very fast and I was strong enough to beat them in the time trial. My form is excellent at the moment, and compared to last year I have taken another step forward in my development, also as a leader within the team.

“I never focused on the result; instead I focused on my effort in the time trial. In the end I got the best result possible, and I don’t think I lost it anywhere. The goal was to deliver two good time trials, and I did this by winning them both.”

Coach Addy Engels added: “It was an exciting day, and we can be very satisfied with the outcome. Tom did everything well and rode an outstanding time trial, but his direct GC competitors were fast as well.

“In the back of our mind we had hoped for the overall win, which is normal when you are in the position Tom was in today. For now we are very happy, as it turned out to be the best possible result. His time trial could not have been better, and it’s an honest result.

“Third in the GC in a WorldTour stage race like the Tour de Suisse is very good.”

Source: Team Giant-Alpecin

Tom raced to victory in the closing time trial of the Tour de Suisse 2015, taking his second win of the week, after his victory in the prologue.

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Tom wins the Tour de Suisse prologue

Tom won the Tour de Suisse prologue of 5.1km around the city of Rotkreuz. With this victory, Tom will become the first leader in the Tour de Suisse.

It was a fast course with rolling roads in the first half, followed by a slightly downhill section in the second half, as tailwind ensured a very fast pace.

With a time of 5’41” and an average pace of almost 54km/h, Tom Dumoulin was the fastest today, putting former world champion Fabian Cancellara in second place by two seconds. In addition, he will be the first overall leader in the Tour de Suisse.

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After his win, Tom said: “I am very happy with this victory. After returning from the team’s altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada (ESP), it is always a question as to how the legs will perform but it is a great feeling that it turned out to be excellent.

“During the prologue I didn’t feel great but apparently it went pretty fast and it was enough for the win. I went full gas uphill and used my aerodynamics in the downhill section.

“Now I have the yellow leader’s jersey and together with the strong team that we have here, we will see and try to keep it as long as possible obviously.”

Coach Rudi Kemna added: “”It went really well and he showed a great time trial performance today. He rode strongly and especially in technical sense, with good corners and good acceleration.

“Tom divided his strengths really well over the 5.1km course. From the start until the finish he gave everything and did not drop one single second anywhere, because on a short time trial like today it is always a race about the seconds.

“Tomorrow there already is a difficult stage, but we will do anything to keep the yellow in the team.”

Source: Team Giant-Alpecin

Tom won the Tour de Suisse prologue of 5.1km around the city of Rotkreuz. With this victory, Tom will become the first leader in the Tour de Suisse.

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