Tom Dumoulin is overjoyed after winning the silver medal on Wednesday at the Olympic time trial in Tokyo. The gold went to the supreme Slovenian Primoz Roglic, his teammate at Jumbo-Visma. The Slovenian was over a minute faster than Dumoulin. The Australian Rohan Dennis completed the podium.
The Olympic time trial was held on and around the Fuji Speedway. The 44.2 kilometre course had 846 altitude metres. From the first intermediate points it was clear that Roglic and Dumoulin were working on a strong race. Roglic was able to increase his lead on his competitors in the second part and brilliantly rode to the Olympic title. With this he took revenge on a disappointing Tour de France earlier this month, which he had to leave injured.
Dumoulin was satisfied with his time trial and his silver medal. “It was my goal to get a medal today. The past months I really had no idea if that would be possible or not. I tried to enjoy the process as much as possible and it worked out really well. The time trial itself went really well. In the first lap I felt very strong. In the second, I felt the energy slowly draining away. In the last ten kilometres I was able to regain that power. Silver was the highest achievable today and for me this is a medal with a golden edge.”