Dumoulin leads the World Championship selection and is also aiming for a time trial NOW
Tom Dumoulin was selected for next week’s World Cup in Italy on Monday. The Limburger is currently taking part in the time trial and is the leader in road racing on behalf of the Netherlands.
Dumoulin is currently still active in the Tour de France, which lasts until Sunday. The Jumbo Visma rider recently announced that he would make his participation in the time trial depend on how he gets out of the Tour de France.
The time trial at the World Championship was originally planned for September 20th (the last day of the tour) in Switzerland. Dumoulin was therefore unable to take part in the Chrono race, but the world championships have been moved by the international cycling federation to September 24-27 and to Imola in Italy.
Due to the changes, the time trial will now be completed on Friday September 25th and Dumoulin can try to become world champion for the second time in his career. Jos van Emden is the other Dutch trump card in the time trial. The road race follows two days later.
“Cancellation Mollema changes our tactics”
National coach Koos Moerenhout cannot use Bauke Mollema in Imola, who fell badly in the thirteenth stage of the tour and broke his wrist and radius. The Trek Segafredo rider, who is unlikely to be on duty this year, was a potential road racing asset.
“Bauke would be the leader with Tom Dumoulin,” said Moerenhout. “His forced cancellation changes our tactics somewhat. Tom is still played as a trump card, but with this group we can look at the race openly.”
In addition to Dumoulin and Van Emden, Antwan Tolhoek, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Dylan van Baarle, Pieter Weening, Sam Oomen and Martijn Tusveld complete the Dutch selection for men. Mathieu van der Poel decided to let go of the world championship.
Bauke Mollema is injured and misses the world championship. (Photo: Getty Images)
Van Vleuten is on the hunt for the fourth world title
All permanent employees were included in the selection for women. The road race team consists of Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Amy Pieters, Demi Vollering, Ellen van Dijk and Floortje Mackaij. Lucinda Brand is not fit enough for the World Cup.
Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten, who are currently competing in the Giro Rosa, will defend the Dutch honor in the time trial. Last year Van der Breggen took silver at Harrogate and Van Vleuten, who has already won two world championship titles in the time trial, had to be satisfied with bronze.
Unlike the men, there is no clear leader for the street race. 37-year-old Van Vleuten was crowned world champion after an impressive solo last year and Van der Breggen finished second, while Vos finished sixth.
“We have a large and strong selection with which we will definitely win the main prize again. We want to make the Wilhelmus sound again and we can achieve that by driving as a team,” says national coach Loes Gunnewijk.
Annemiek van Vleuten was crowned world champion last year. (Photo: Pro Shots)