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Tom Dumoulin crushing the Individual Time Trial on Stage 10 of the Giro d'Itallia 2017

The Flying Dutchman – Tom Dumoulin crushing the Individual Time Trial on Stage 10 of the 2017 Giro d’Itallia

I’m not quite there yet but I felt much stronger on this morning’s ride.

In anticipation of today’s 40km Individual Time Trial, stage 10 of the Giro d’Itallia I decided to take out my Trek Speed Concept triathlon/time trial bike.

I was planning to do my own individual time trial on the Lucky Strike road but I met a couple of my cycling buddies at our usual starting point near the Boom cut off and decided to ride with them instead. We started off at a moderate pace averaging just over 16mph going but on the way back from Hattieville I decided to turn it up. Three of us were rotating at the front of the pace line with a couple other riders just hanging on. We ended up averaging about 22.4mph on the return and I finished off by lifting the pace up to near 31mph.  That felt good!

And it seems that Major Tom (Tom Dumoulin) is on his way to making this year’s Giro mightily interesting. He could certainly win. I had favored Nairo Quintana to win but after seeing how well Tom was climbing on the Blockhaus stage and after today’s time trial performance I think he has a good chance of keeping the lead all the way to the finish. Will be interesting to see what Movistar and Nairo will do to try and take back some time on the Dutchman.

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