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20 May 2017

Dumoulin consolidates the Maglia Rosa

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).

STATISTICS

  • With three stage wins at the Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin equals his Netherlands compatriots Wout Wagtmans and Johan Van der Velde. Only Jean-Paul van Poppel has one more.
  • Tom Dumoulin is the first Dutchman to win a time trial and an uphill finish at the Giro.
  • With 11 Maglia Rosa, Tom Dumoulin reaches the same number as Giro d’Italia overall winners Ivan Gotti, Denis Menchov and Damiano Cunego. It’s the 34th Maglia Rosa for Dutch riders, almost half of them (16) having been claimed this year and last year by Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk (5).

FINAL RESULT

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″

GENERAL CLASSIFICATIONS

PRESS CONFERENCE

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.”

TOMORROW’S STAGE

Stage 15 – Valdengo – Bergamo – 199km – total elevation 2,000m

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