NL Netherlands 27 Jun 52.3 km

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NL Netherlands 27 Jun 52.3 km

Silver for Terpstra at the ITT Nationals

Silver for Terpstra at the ITT Nationals

Our rider finished for the third time on the podium, six years from his first top-3 finish.

Niki Terpstra, who next week will make his first Tour de France outing since 2014, time trialed to a solid second at the National ITT Championships, where he notched up his fifth top-3 finish of the season, one of the finest of his career, for Quick-Step Floors' third medal at the Nationals in the space of just a few days.

Victorious this spring in Le Samyn, E3 Harelbeke and Ronde van Vlanderen, Niki was among the last riders to leave the start house for the demanding 52.3km-long race against the clock held over a flat course in Bergen op Zoom, a small city located in the south of Netherlands.

The 34-year-old came through all three checkpoints with the fastest time and stopped the clock in 1:03:04, becoming the first rider to go under 1:04:00, after averaging an impressing 50.422km/h. Only one rider – Dylan Van Baarle (Team Sky) – could improve the result of Niki, who put more than half a minute into Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) to take second place.

"I can't be disappointed because I did one of the fastest time trials of my career. The long distance is not my thing, but the legs felt good and I could push through on every kilometer and also in the final I went really fast. The form is absolutely there and I would have loved to win but Dylan did a super fast time, especially in the second part of the course, so hats off and congrats to him."

"Now I look forward to the road race on Sunday, which will be very tough, on an undulating 11-kilometre route with a lot of tricky corners, especially in the last four kilometers. Add to that the 30 degrees forecasted and you will have a really exhausting race", concluded Niki, who will be joined at the start by teammate Fabio Jakobsen, one of the best neo-pros of the season.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images


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