Mollema eyes Giro glory after time trial improvements

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Bauke Mollema is confident that improvements he has made to his time trialling will boost his hopes of glory at Giro d'Italia in May.

The Dutchman had for years returned modest results in TT, but on Wednesday he took second at the Vuelta a San Juan ahead of Trek-Segafredo team-mate Matthias Brandle.

With Brandle having previously held the Hour Record, it was a telling result for Mollema and one he believes bodes well for his Giro aspirations.

"In the last couple of years we've done a lot a lot of work to improve my time trial," the 30-year-old, who joined Trek in 2015, told Cyclingnews.

"For sure it's more scientific. Beforehand I didn't do any testing in the wind tunnel or on the track - I just did that when I came to Trek.

"When we first did the bike fitting we changed a lot. We changed the cranks, the position, the handlebars - everything basically.

"I feel much more confident now on the time trial bike in general. When I look at a course, a few years ago I was more afraid to lose time in the TTs, but now maybe it has become sort of a weapon even, somewhere where I can gain time on other riders.

"Looking to the Giro, with two long TTs, it was important to work on my time trial. I will be doing a lot more training on the TT bike over the coming months.

"This [off-season] I've actually gone back to the track to do more testing. We changed a few things, made some small improvements, and I think it's still possible to improve it even more."