Dutch Time Trial Championships 2015 / 24 June / Elite Men
Tom Dumoulin (TGA) was the big favorite in the battle for the Dutch National Time Trial Title. However, he had just finished riding the Tour de Suisse, where he managed to win the final stage, a time trial of 38 kilometres. He did everything to prolong his title, but in the end, he had to come to terms with a fourth place. Riders are also human; a time trial of 54 kilometres just after an important race is tough. You could even argue that a fourth place isn’t that bad after all.
It was Wilco Kelderman (TLJ) who even surprised himself and became the fastest rider of the day. In fact, the podium was full of Team LottoNL-Jumbo riders at the end of the day. Kelderman rode the Critérium du Dauphiné to prepare himself for the Tour, so he had more time to recover than Tom Dumoulin. His teammate Rick Flens became second and his other teammate Jos van Emden became third. Kelderman is only 24 years old and is going to ride his first Tour.
Some of the riders finished at the same time; the course was 54 kilometres long, so there was plenty of time to gain seconds on the rider who started before you. The women rode the course once, but the men had to ride it twice. This also meant that they had to go through the new tunnel in Emmen; the new square on top of the tunnel had only recently been finished and was now finally ready to be seen by the public. During the special ‘Wielerweken’ (English: cycling weeks) there were also others events in the city, for example with music and food.
The 2015 podium of the Dutch Time Trial Championships 2015 in the category Elite Men from left to right: Rick Flens (silver medal), Wilco Kelderman (gold medal and red-white-blue jersey) and Jos van Emden (bronze medal).