Tom Dumoulin picking up where he left off in 2015 with Green Mountain performance

The Dutchman showed he's come out of winter training with good climbing legs as he prepares for a huge season ahead that includes Giro d'Italia and Olympic hopes

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Before today Tom Dumoulin knew very little about Green Mountain, the final climb of Friday’s stage at the Tour of Oman. He had checked the road book and seen it online, but as a debutant at the race, he had never ridden it. After that one ascent, he knows it better and we know more about the potential of this 25-year-old Dutchman.

“It’s hard,” he said, at the finish, catching his breath and wiping sweat from his eyes. “The whole climb was hard and with the heat definitely.” His fourth place, just 18 seconds behind stage winner Vincenzo Nibali, illustrated perfectly that potential, especially as this was his first competitive outing of the year.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.