La Vuelta 17: Tom Dumoulin Tames The Time (and the race)

Embedded image permalinkMaciej Bodnar looks confortable, not tense, not thrilled. He's a specialist against the clock and he knew this could be his day. Vasil Kirienka, Nelson Oliveira... they are all expected on the edge of a second. Alejandro Valverde confirms his perfect moment with a great performance.
But we are all waiting for Tom Dumoulin: a TT specialist AND a GC contender. In the previous day it was about how many seconds (minutes?) was safe to have on Dumoulin at the start of this ITT. MANY is the answer. Because he takes all: stage and jersey.
La Vuelta isn't over yet... but few of it is left! 

Joaquim Rodríguez:
"Lo siento
Lo seguiré intentando
Esto no acaba aquí!!!
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Embedded image permalink"Of course the course was not perfect for me but I have to admit that Dumoulin and Aru were very, very strong today, especially as I felt strong myself too. I thought I would see a good time but in the end I lost two positions in the GC. I am still on the overall podium and not so far from position one and we still have three days ahead of us. I have nothing to lose. I will go on, with all my forces, trying to win this Vuelta a España. It does not stop here! – said a defiant Joaquim Rodriguez."

Tom Domoulin:
Embedded image permalink“I am very happy with this victory and with taking the red jersey again. 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.”

Mikel Nieve:

"I expected him [Dumoulin] to catch me, but when he came past he was going really fast. Sometimes it's good for that to happen because it gives you reference point for your own time and speed, but as much as I tried, it was impossible to stay with him.
I gave everything I had today and I'm going to keep fighting all the way to Madrid. There's three more hard stages to come before Sunday and I'll keep giving it 100% for myself and the team."

Alejandro Valverde:
Embedded image permalink"I’m really happy. It was a phenomenal TT for me. This very morning, my legs were feeling great over the course and I decided to go for it in the afternoon, on full steam, to see what I could achieve. It was a demanding route, but I suffered more and saw harder TTs during my career. Winds were slightly ‘better’ than halfway through the race, not exaggerate, just like in the beginning. The normal thing was having Dumoulin going faster than me, but it really was better than I expected. I never stop fighting: I always give my very best from the start of a training ride to the end of a race. The GC podium is not decided yet, there’s still some Vuelta left and obviously our rivals will be strong, but I’m not doing bad either at the moment.”

Nairo Quintana:
“I don’t know if i’m already at 100% condition, but I feel way more recovered and in good spirits after this TT. I kept the pace well through the opening one and went even better over the second. I was feeling the winds were affecting me more in the beginning, and also into a 2km stretch near the finish, which made it harder for me to keep rolling, but I always kept focus, and the team was helping me much with difficult turns and all data I needed to give my maximum. Fighting for the race podium? Surely, we’ll try; we’re not losing anything if we try and we must attempt to end this Vuelta on a high note.”
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Steven Kruijswijk:
“I have to focus at the final climb. If I am able to start that last uphill in a good position, I may have a chance to win the stage. It was a long, predictable stage today. The second stage this week was a little tougher. I was feeling good in that race, so it would be a good thing for me if tomorrow’s stage becomes as tough as possible.”

Riccardo Zoidl:
Embedded image permalink“Markel and I spoke one week ago about this TT, and bet a beer on who would clock the best time between us. But then we were asked to not go hard. In the end, it was still close! Now I have to pay him a beer. The rest day was good yesterday. and I took the first part of the time trial easy. This was the plan for me, to not go full gas until the last 15-kilometers where I went really hard. Luca [Guercilena, general manager] wanted to push me a little bit in the last part. I think it was a little bit of a test for the upcoming TTT.
I train 3-4 times a week on the Speed Concept, it’s very comfortable, I can even train for five hours with it. For me, it’s super stiff, fast and yet I still feel super comfortable with my position.
I think the next three stages it would be good for me to be in the break and then I can go for a result for myself.  Of course, the last day it’s everything for Danny [van Poppel] to try and get one more stage win.”

Esteban Chaves:
I am really happy. The most important thing for me is that I could do one big effort after two weeks of racing and this is one step up in my career and in the time trial for me also. It’s because we work a lot and this is the result from this work. Now it’s important to not lose the head and continue to work. There are four stages to go to Madrid.”

1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:46:01
2 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:04
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:08
4 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:01:31
5 Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:01:32
6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:33
7 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:36
8 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:01:38
9 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:40
10 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:53
11 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:04
12 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:02:28
13 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:31
14 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:02:35
15 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:36
16 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:02:38
17 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
18 José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:41
19 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
20 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:02:43
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 68:40:36
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
3 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:15
4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:22
5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:53
6 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:15
7 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:30
8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:03:46
9 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:04:10
10 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:06:51
11 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:41
12 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:10:47
13 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar 0:12:32
14 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:13:38
15 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:14:03
16 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:16:42
17 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:19:38
18 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:20:16
19 David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:28:25
20 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:30:11
21 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:32:51
22 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:33:54
23 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:34:46
24 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:35:03
25 Rodolfo Torres (Col) Colombia 0:40:05
26 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:41:55
27 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:44:06
28 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:44:10
29 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:46:07
30 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:46:15

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