Ahead of the first time trial in this year's Giro d'Italia, we got a closer look at Jumbo Visma rider Tom Dumoulin's Cervelo P5 TT bike. It took him to a hard-fought third place on a short and punchy course which was not especially suited to the Dutchman's strengths.
The final stage in Verona at the end of this year's Giro d'Italia is a 17 kilometre time trial – over 10km longer than the first one of this year's race. It would have been a big target for the Olympic silver medallist but he won't make it there, retiring from the race on stage 14 after struggling with his form. His Cervelo P5 will sit lonely in the team car for the rest of this Giro, but Dumoulin will likely have other big goals later in the season on the TT whip, notably at the World Championships in Wollongong if he makes selection.
Dumoulin's bike had a custom Dutch national champion paint job on the front forks. Cervelo has kept the rest of the bike plain rather than carrying the paint work throughout, perhaps as a way to save on the bike's overall weight. The P5 was initially released by Cervelo in 2019 but there has been some updates to the bike since then, mainly with a focus on aerodynamics.
Related: Giro d'Italia 2022 PreviewDumoulin was using standard extensions rather than custom and he had thick padding on his arm rests.
Dumoulin was using a Reserve rear disk wheel and a 77mm deep Reserve front wheel, equipped with Vittoria Corsa Speed tubeless tires. The P5 is designed to keep the gap minimal between the frame and wheels so any extra drag is reduced.
Dumoulin's bike had the old Shimano Dura-Ace 9100P crankset, likely due to stock availability issues with Shimano's recently released 9200 groupset.Like his Jumbo-Visma teammates, Dumoulin was running an 11-28 cassette and was using Di2 9150 derailleurs.
Related: Vincenzo Nibali's Wilier FilanteDumoulin used the older generation of Shimano shifters on his TT extensions meaning he can change his front derailleur while on the skis.The bike featured Dura-Ace hydraulic brakes with added sprint shifters on the inside of each leaver so Dumoulin can change both the front and rear derallieurs when he's on the base bars. This will be especially useful when going in and out of corners.Dumoulin rode a Fizik saddle with some spares in his Scicon saddle bag in case of any issues on the recon.