He was happy with the result of the day – “Unbelievable. Primoz shows his class again” – and the teamwork that Jumbo-Visma had shown. But Tom Dumoulin was less pleased with his own performance in the first stage with an uphill finish in the Tour de France.
It took the second leader of Jumbo-Visma, next to Primoz Roglic, the biggest effort to join the rapidly thinning group that was heading towards the finish line.
“I wasn’t good. It was hanging and strangling and fighting. I could just finish first, but it just wasn’t good.”
The fact that he didn’t have to give up any time was a poor consolation, it seemed. “That’s not what I’m here for. I want to be better. It was a great day for the team, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s ‘oy!”. I had hoped for more.”
Watch the reaction of Bauke Mollema, the number thirteen of the stage: