The Dutch rider is attacked, then counterattacks and wins in style in Oropa, gaining time over the other direct GC contenders.
Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) increased his lead in the overall classification of the Giro 100 as he won at the uphill finish of the sanctuary of Oropa, beating Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at the eleventh hour and gaining 24 seconds on Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) who had attacked earlier on in the climb. The Dutchman now has an advantage of 2’47” over the Colombian and 3’25” over Thibaut Pinot (FDJ).
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) – 131km in 3h02’34”, average speed 43.052km/h
2 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 3″
3 – Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky) at 9″
Today’s stage winner and Maglia Rosa Tom Dumoulin said: “I knew other GC riders like [Thibaut] Pinot were dropped. I didn’t think we’d catch [Nairo] Quintana but we came closer and closer. We caught him with about 2km to go and I decided to take as much time as I could on the guys who hadn’t followed. Luckily I enough energy left for the sprint. When [Ilnur] Zakarin accelerated, I heard via radio that Quintana was dropped but I’d go full gas till the line anyway. The stage win is the most important thing today. That won’t be taken away from me anymore. I’ve learned from the Vuelta two years ago that a Grand Tour is not over until the last day. Losing close to the end could happen to me again, especially because we haven’t done half of the kilometers of climbing yet. Quintana and [Vincenzo] Nibali are usually very strong in the third week, so it’s far from over.”
Stage 15 – Valdengo – Bergamo – 199km – total elevation 2,000m