Team Sunweb rider Tom Dumoulin added another world championship medal to his collection, piloting his Trinity Advanced Pro TT bike to second place in the elite men’s individual time trial world championship in Austria.
The silver medal by Dumoulin, who also wore the Rivet TT helmet and rode a prototype rear wheel being developed by Giant under the #overachieve label, matched the result he scored with Team Sunweb in the team time trial earlier this week.
Facing a tough 52.2km course in Innsbruck, considerably longer than last year’s 31km course in Norway, where Dumoulin won the world title, riders had to contend with a fast, flat start followed by hilly roads including the decisive Gnandenwal climb. Dumoulin, a three-time national time trial champion for The Netherlands, said that despite winning the silver, he wasn’t on his top form.
“I was way off my top level,” he said at after finishing second behind Australian winner Rohan Dennis. “It didn’t go smoothly and my body cramped. I wanted it really bad, but more was simply not possible today. It’s disappointing that I couldn’t reach my top level.”
Despite his disappointment, the podium placing marked an impressive finish for another strong year by the Dutchman. He finished second overall at both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, winning time trial stages at both those grand tours.
Another Giant rider, Australian Lucas Plapp, took home a silver medal in the junior men's time trial. Plapp, a world champion track racer, rode his Trinity Advanced Pro TT bike to second place behind Belgian Remco Evenepoel on the 27.7km juniors TT course.
The 2018 UCI Road World Championships continues in Innsbruck throughout the weekend, with the elite men’s road race scheduled for Sunday.