Dumoulin Wins Stage 3 at Eneco Tour
Team Giant-Shimano's Tom Dumoulin has made up for the disappointment of losing valuable time on Tuesday’s second stage of the Eneco Tour by winning the stage three individual time trial.
Dumoulin raced the flat, fast 9.6 kilometer course in a time of 00:10:55 averaging over 52 km/h to take the win by two seconds. As a result of his strong effort, Dumoulin moved back into Eneco Tour general classification contention and is now in second place overall.
Today's time trial of the 2014 Eneco Tour was Dumoulin’s second outing in the national champion’s time trial suit.
"I am super happy, could not have done it better," Dumoulin explained after being celebrated on the podium. "I was really focused on this stage and I did it as perfect as possible, focusing on my position and on cornering."
"Yesterday was not easy, I was really disappointed about it. It was really hard work to get back and also disappointing to lose time."
"This is my first WorldTour win. I’ve had some bad luck and then I have been denied a few times by (World Champion) Tony Martin, but now it’s great to get the win finally and to move back into contention for the overall."
Dutchman Lars Boom (Belkin-Linksys) finished ninth in today's time trial of Eneco Tour 2014. His effort was sufficient for him to take the general classification lead from Zdenek Stybar of Team Omega Pharma - QuickStep.
"I would have liked to take the leader jersey yesterday," Boom explained, referring to Tuesday’s stage that finished in his hometown. He was just one second short of conquering the lead. "But I’m very happy that I’ve become the new leader today. Yesterday was a beautiful day, anyway."
Boom was moderately satisfied with his own time trial performance. The difference between him and stage winner Dumoulin was 19 seconds. "Tom Dumoulin is one of the best time trialists in the world. Of course, I would have liked to go faster, but I ended up ninth and my time is good enough. The course was short and had some nice corners.”
Boom now holds a four-second lead over fellow Dutchman Dumoulin. "We will see if that’s going to be enough. I ended the Tour de France in good form and with a good feeling. I’m now focusing on the hectic weekend."
The Eneco Tour peloton heads from Koksijde to Ardooie in tomorrow's stage 4. "Tomorrow is still flat, but the weekend is going to be hell, I think. First we face a kind of Tour of Flanders, after that a version of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and we end the week on Sunday on a course similar to the Amstel Gold Race."