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.
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