Yeah that's pretty much true and is the main reason I estimated Dumoulin's possible gain around 30 sec. Last year a rested Dumoulin put 57 seconds into Roglic and 1:21 into Froome (and even more to everyone else including a bunch of specialists) in the WC ITT which was a hilly 31 km ITT just like the one the riders will tackle this time.Dekker_Tifosi said:That is very much true, but that takes absolutely nothing away from my point that Dumoulin prefers hilly tt's and generally takes much more time in them than in flat high speed TT's, and generally also performs much better than in flat itt.Salvarani said:A TT at the end of GT also comes down to who has the most left in the tank. Not just ability to TT well.
Dumoulin loves the hilly ITTs and he himself said multiple times that he doesn't really like the pan flat high speed ones.
So one can even say that 30 sec is a pessimistic estimate from Tom's perspective but I factored in the fatigue from the Giro and the Tour.