Van Dijke twelfth in time trial UAE Tour

Van Dijke twelfth in time trial UAE Tour

In the short individual time trial on the second day of the UAE Tour, Team Visma | Lease a Bike was not able to secure a place in the top ten. Tim van Dijke finished twelfth on behalf of the Dutch formation. Brandon McNulty took the stage win.

Al Hudayriyat Island in the capital Abu Dhabi was the setting for the second stage of the UAE Tour. An individual time trial of about 12 kilometres on a flat course awaited the riders. Van Dijke was the first Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider to leave the start ramp and the 23-year-old Dutchman immediately managed to set a good time. Van Dijke was able to hold on to the top ten for a long time, but he eventually had to settle for 12th place.

"Overall, it was a decent day for us," sports director Maarten Wynants responded afterwards. "Tim rode a good time trial, which suits him well. His brother Mick van Dijke, Loe van Belle and Bart Lemmen also finished in the top thirty. With Bart, we secretly hoped for more, but in a short and straight time trial like this he couldn't use his strengths to the fullest. This was an fine result."

Hungarian time trial champion Attila Valter, who came out battered of the opening stage battered, finished 22nd. "With yesterday’s crash in mind, Attila managed to perform very well today. That certainly offers great prospects for the stages ahead in the coming days. We are looking forward to that," Wynants concluded.


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