Van Baarle upbeat at BinckBank

14 Aug 2018

Van Baarle upbeat at BinckBank

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Dylan van Baarle rode strongly in the stage two time trial at the BinckBank Tour to leave himself well placed ahead of tougher tests to come.

The Dutchman - racing for the first time as the Dutch national time trial champion - stopped the clock in 14’41”, 30 seconds shy of stage winner Stefan Kung (BMC). Owain Doull led Team Sky home, finishing the flat 12.7 kilometre course two seconds faster than Van Baarle to grab 13th.

Kristoffer Halvorsen was one of the last riders to tackle the course after his impressive ride to fourth on day one. The Norwegian was firmly in the mix on the opening sprint and, after having to come off the power to avoid the barriers, recovered to battle it out with the stage winner Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors).

Halvorsen will hope to feature in the sprints over the coming days, before the race ramps up with a brutal finale in Belgium over the weekend.
Dylan van Baarle

Dylan van Baarle

It was really cool to race in the national champion’s jersey for the first time.
Speaking to TeamSky.com after today’s time trial test, Van Baarle spoke of his pride at racing as the Dutch time trial champion, and his excitement at what’s to come.

He said: “Today was OK. I went really hard in the headwind and then tried to hold it in the tailwind. It was hard - but time trials always are! I had good feelings.

“It was really cool to race in the national champion’s jersey for the first time. It definitely gives you morale, especially in front of the Dutch spectators. With the bike as well, it was nice to do.

“The next days will be a sprint, but the final stages this weekend will be the hardest. I’m trying to focus on that. I had a good feeling today so am looking forward to the rest of the week.

“The key stages are the last one to Geraardsbergen, but the one finishing in Sittard is also important. You don’t want to lose any time and with a late attack you can perhaps surprise some of the big names. 
 
“I don’t come here as one of the big favourites, so I have to surprise a little bit. I’ll do my best."
Owain Doull led Team Sky home in 13th

Owain Doull led Team Sky home in 13th

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