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Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) won the Eneco Tour’s stage 3 time trial, beating Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) by two seconds.
“I am super happy, I could not have done it better,” said Dumoulin. “I was really focused on this race and I did it as perfect as possible, concentrating on my position and [the] corners.
“Yesterday was not easy, I was really disappointed about it. It was really hard work to get back and also disappointing to lose time in the fight for GC.
“This is my first WorldTour win. I’ve had some bad luck and then I have been denied a few times by Tony [Martin] but now it’s great to get the win finally and to move back into contention overall.”
The course was a short 9.6km circuit around Breda, a small city in the southern part of the Netherlands.
Cancellara set an early benchmark, and it held until Dumoulin bested his time with a ride that averaged 52.8kph.
Geraint Thomas (Sky), who recently won the road race at the Commonwealth Games, finished third, 10 seconds behind Dumoulin.
Lars Boom (Belkin) had a strong performance in the time trial, finishing ninth, 19 seconds behind the winner. On the other hand, Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) finished 32 seconds in arrears, and that was not enough for him to maintain his GC lead.
“Tom [Dumoulin] is one of the best time trialists in the world,” Boom said. “Of course, I would have liked to go faster, but I ended up ninth and my time is good enough. The course was short and had some nice corners.”
Boom is now the overall leader of the Eneco Tour. Dumoulin’s strong stage 3 performance puts him into second place, four seconds back. Manuel Quinziato (BMC) is also four seconds behind on GC in third place.
“I would have liked to take the jersey yesterday,” said Boom, referring to Tuesday’s stage that finished in his hometown. “But I’m very happy that I’ve become the new leader today. Yesterday was a beautiful day, anyway.”
Thursday’s stage 4 will see the Eneco Tour’s first day in Belgium as the race tackles a 179.1km stage from Koksijde to Ardooie.