Van Baarle is honest in his assessment of last year and felt he improved as it went on.
“The spring season was not my best last year,” he added, “but I came around after an altitude camp in Tenerife and I was going well, especially at the Dutch Time Trial Championship, which was really special for me. The end of the season was much better than the beginning… So I’ll give it a six and a half!”
Winning the Dutch time trial title was a season highlight for Van Baarle, particularly after putting in so much work on the discipline.
“Becoming Dutch champion is something special, especially with a lot of good time triallists in Holland. If you can wear the red, white and blue once in your career it’s really special.
“I worked a lot in the season on my TT position, went to the wind tunnel, plus all of the material we have here helps. The bike is one of the best TT bikes in the peloton and that really helped me to become Dutch champion.”