The 26 year old rode to his first senior national title in fantastic fashion in Bergen op Zoom, winning the TT title
by 30 seconds from nearest challenger Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors).
And when TeamSky.com caught up with Van Baarle, the achievement was still sinking in.
“I never expected to win it,” explained Dylan. “I knew that with [Tom] Dumoulin not riding there was a chance to go for the podium. I thought I could make the top three but winning… It’s something else.”
It was a lengthy test at 52.3 kilometres and Dylan thinks he measured his effort well.
He continued: “It was a really fast course and we did two laps. There was a few uphill drags, but not too many.
“After the first lap I was on the same time as [Jos] van Emden, and then I managed to push the gap out. I felt pretty good right the way until the end.”
Dylan's mother was on hand to see her son take one of the biggest wins of his career - a special moment for a pro who rarely gets to race in his homeland.