Dominant victory by Tom Domoulin
Dumoulin blew away rivals with a dominant show of strength, both pre-race favorite Chris Froome and last year's world champion Tony Martin were no match for Dumoulin today.
Story by Mia Becker
With a Tour de France like atmosphere on Mt. Fløyen, it was the scene for of spectator exuberance and excitement throughout today's Time Trial for Men Elite. Through a sea of people with flags waving and fans chanting, Tom Dumoulin from the Netherlands took a dominant victory finishing almost one minute clear of silver medalist Primoz Roglic from Slovenia.
As the rain arrived before the last group of cyclists commenced, even the poor weather conditions failed to dampen Dumoulin's power demonstration. Last year's world champion Martin was never close to challenging the Dutchman, and Froome as favorite never managed to pick up the seconds he left behind prior to starting climb up Mt. Fløyen.
Dumoulin already led by 10 seconds after the second split at 11.5 km, and continued to increase his lead throughout the race. With the gold medal in the Time Trial here in Bergen, he has prevented Froome from completing a truly historic year, that would have added to winning the Vuelta de España and the Tour de France. It should not be understated that Dumoulin’s year in 2017 has been an exceptionally good year also. It's been a long time since someone who has won a Grand Tour, has also won a World Championship in the same year. With victory in the Giro de Italia earlier this year, Dumoulin's achievements are equally worthy of high praise.
“A big big thank you to all the people here in Bergen Norway, and also a thank you to all the fans from the Netherlands, because there was quite a few there, and my name was written on the road a couple of times with my face, it was cool to see!” Dumoulin said following the race.
Ski jumping down and cycling up into second place
Roglic from Slovenia took a solid second place on the podum, and rode the hill up to Fløyen quickest of all competitors. The former ski jumper, who has jumped competitively in Oberstdorf and Planica, welcomed the daunting challenge climbing of the mountain and took silver medal ahead of the renowned Froome.
From competing against the world elite in ski jumping to establishing himself as an elite cyclist against some of the biggest stars in the sport is an amazing achievement. With a World Championship silver medal now to his name, the change of sports may be all the more satisfying.
The Grand Tour like atmosphere on the mountain
It is said that this World Championships is the biggest sporting event to be hosted on Norwegian soil since the Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994. Some Norwegian have always known the event’s significance, whilst others may not have realized just how big a cycling World Championship is until now. After today however, people will be left in no doubt, as it was the day when the cycling celebration seriously took the city in western Norway by storm, and will be long remembered first and foremost for the stream of spectators that flooded the mountainside to create a unique spectacle that will likely not be repeated for a long time to come, but will live on in the memories of those had the privilege to be a part of the “folkefest” party on the mountain side.
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