Tom Dumoulin deeply disappointed with Vuelta a España loss

Despite winning two stages and his time in the Vuelta a Espa a lead, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin says he only feels disappointment

Tom Dumoulin Deeply Disappointed With Vuelta A España Loss

Tom Dumoulin after losing the Leaders Jersey on Stage 20 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin1 kept cool despite losing the Vuelta a Espa a2 today on the roads to Cercedilla north of Madrid. Dumoulin, who slipped from first to sixth, rode over the line, sat down in his team Giant-Alpecin car and looked at the overall leader board above the podium. Instead of six seconds in the lead over Italian Fabio Aru3 (Astana), the digital screen displayed him 3-46 minutes down on new race leader Aru. He sat quietly talking to a team helper before answering questions in Dutch and then in English.

Am I proud of my Vuelta ride? At the moment it s just disappointing, he said. Tomorrow I ll be proud, but now it s just disappointing.

Dumoulin yesterday appeared to be building momentum towards Madrid, where the race finishes tomorrow with a flat stage. He attacked Aru on the cobbled uphill finish to vila and doubled his slim three-second lead to six4. Based on yesterday and his defence through the mountains on Thursday, he seemed to be capable to hold off Aru s attacks.

Tom Dumoulin Deeply Disappointed With Vuelta A España Loss

Tom Dumoulin finishes Stage 20 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana (Watson)

Astana collectively charged when Dumoulin lacked help from his Giant-Alpecin team-mates. Aru attacked on the penultimate climb, his team-mate Mikel Landa followed and they bridged to two of their team-mates who were waiting after sitting up from the early escape.

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With the added firepower of Luis Le n S nchez and Andrey Zeits, Aru built his lead on Dumoulin.

I lost the Vuelta already before, if I would ve come back in the descent, I would ve been dropped straight away on the next climb, Dumoulin added.

If I would ve come back, that would ve been nice, but that wouldn t have saved my ride. Asked if he knew a bad day was coming on, he said, I had an idea. It is not clear when that idea came to him.

I was just empty.

Just no legs, he said. I just fought for what it was worth and I just had to deal with it.


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Dumoulin may have lost the overall lead and a podium spot, but he gained new fans around the world and the knowledge that he can ride for the classification in a grand tour. Before the Vuelta, Dumoulin thought of himself more as a time trialist who could compete in smaller stage races like the Tour de Suisse, where he finished third this June. In the last three weeks around Spain, he discovered something new about himself.

The whole race has been nice for me in general, but yeah he said before pausing. That s it.

Dumoulin took a moment and with the same coolness that carried him through the Vuelta, continued answering questions in Dutch.

References

  1. ^ Tom Dumoulin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Fabio Aru (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Tom Dumoulin extends his lead as Alexis Gougeard solos to Vuelta a Espa a stage victory (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Dave Brailsford: Tom Dumoulin should aim for Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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