The Olympic road race had gone less well for him on Saturday than hoped, but Tom Dumoulin is not concerned about the individual time trial.

The thirty-year-old Limburger thinks that he can still set up a good chrono race on Wednesday.

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"I had hoped to be better, but this doesn't say anything about Wednesday. They are two completely different disciplines: one that I am quite good at and one that I am sometimes good at," said Dumoulin after the road race won by Richard Carapaz in Japan.

The Limburger decided this spring, after having stopped his cycling career for a few months, to focus on the individual time trial in Tokyo.

At the 2016 Games, he had finished second behind Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara, followed a year later by the world time trial title in Bergen, Norway.

The 2017 Giro winner then struggled with injuries and also developed motivation problems, but after a break the ambition returned to make something beautiful at the Games.

Participating in the time trial also means competing in the road race.

Dumoulin thought his performance was "not bad", but found that he was not good enough.

"I already felt that on Mount Fuji. After that I tried to help Bauke a bit, but the course remained closed. And on that Mikuni Pass it was finished."

"Bauke has done a great job by the way," he continued.

"Unfortunately, he just missed a medal, but he can be proud. Of course I would have preferred to be here after a good race. I'm disappointed, but I won't take that feeling to Wednesday."

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