Cycling | 15 september 2016
Campenaerts wins silver medal in the European Championships Time Trial
Victor Campenaerts of Team LottoNL-Jumbo finished second in the European Championships time trial. The Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) won after 45 kilometers, 30 seconds faster than Campenaerts. The Italian Moreno Moser (Cannondale) took third. Team LottoNL-Jumbo rider Primoz Roglic was seventh, and Steven Lammertink finished 18th.
"I am happy with the silver medal, for me that was the highest achievable today. Castroviejo was a top favourite and he showed us his favourite-status," Campenaerts said. "Castroviejo rode a minute faster than me in the time trial in the Vuelta and was now 30 seconds faster. I'm glad I was able to put in such a good time trial.
"We reconned the course and I knew on the last hills that I had an advantage. When I heard that I was third at the last intermediate point, I knew I would end up on the podium.”
Campenaerts managed to use all his power and raced the time trial as planned. It was his first race after the Vuelta.
"The past few days were tough. Monday, I came back from Spain and I felt really like a wreck, I even considered not starting. But the medical staff said that it was nothing serious. From then I focused on today. Yesterday my legs felt good again and I noticed that I had power enough to ride a good time trial."
"Now, I can finally rest after these tough weeks. It was too short between the Vuelta and the European Championships to take rest so I'm going to rest the next weeks.” The Qatar Worlds is the next goal. "With our strong team we can go for a good result at the World Championship TTT. After that, the individual time trial, and I want to participate for a strong performance.”
Roglic and Lammertink
The Slovenian rider of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Primoz Roglic, completed the 45 kilometers in 59 minutes and 20 seconds. His time was good for seventh place. His Dutch team-mate Steven Lammertink recorded a time of 1 hour 20 seconds, the 18th time.