Thymen Arensman booked the first professional victory in his career on Thursday. The 22-year-old Gelderlander was the fastest in the sixth stage of the Tour of Poland, an individual climb time trial over 11.8 kilometers.
Arensman completed the course from Nowy Targ to the Wierch Rusinski ski station in seventeen minutes and forty seconds. He was seven seconds faster than the American Magnus Sheffield. Britain’s Ethan Hayter finished third in eight seconds.
Arensman is now second in the general classification. The Team DSM rider is eleven seconds behind Hayter, who takes over the leader’s jersey from Colombian Sergio Higuita.
Earlier this year, Arensman finished second in the final time trial of the Giro d’Italia. Then he only had to tolerate the Italian Matteo Sobrero. Sobrero also participated in Poland and this time gave in to the Dutchman for half a minute.
Earlier this year, Thymen Arensman finished second in the final time trial of the Giro d’Italia.
Arensman thanks team for investments in time trial area
“I didn’t have my best day, but it was enough for the win,” said Arensman. “It’s great to get my first pro win with the team in a WorldTour time trial.”
“The preparation of the team was really great. All I needed today were some good legs. This victory was only possible thanks to the investments that the team has made in the time trial area. I would like to thank the team.”
Arensman’s victory marked the second Dutch stage win in this edition of the Tour of Poland. Last Saturday Olav Kooij sprinted to victory in the opening stage.
The Tour of Poland, which is part of the WorldTour, will conclude on Friday. Then the peloton travels 177.8 hilly kilometers from Valsir to Krakow.