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4 May 2018

Dumoulin starts the Giro where he left off

Tom Dumoulin won the opening Individual Time Trial of the 101st Giro d’Italia in front of an enormous and enthusiastic crowd in Jerusalem. For the majority of the stage Rohan Dennis led, but the defending champion, starting last, bettered the Australian by two seconds at an average speed of 48.365km/h on a lumpy course. He also outclassed the other GC favourites: Thibaut Pinot by 33 seconds, Chris Froome by 37 seconds, Esteban Chaves by 46 seconds, Fabio Aru by 50 seconds and Miguel Angel Lopez by 56 seconds.

STATISTICS

  • It’s the fourth stage win at the Giro d’Italia for Tom Dumoulin, the third in a time trial after Apeldoorn 2016 and Montefalco 2017 (the other one was atop Oropa last year). Half of his victories have been conquered outside of Italy. Among the participants of the Giro this year, only Diego Ulissi has more stage wins (6) under his belt than the Dutchman.
  • Previous Dutch winners of the opening stage of the Giro: Wim Van Est (1953), Jean-Paul van Poppel (1989) and Tom Dumoulin himself (2016). The Team Sunweb rider is the first defending champion to win the opening stage since Paolo Savoldelli in 2006.
  • With 17 Maglia Rosa in total, Tom Dumoulin equals Carlo Galetti, Learco Guerra and Carlo Clerici in the number of days in the lead of the Giro d’Italia (at the times of Clerici from 1909 to 1911, there was no Maglia Rosa yet). The total days all other competitors at the 101st Giro d’Italia have worn the Maglia Rosa is fewer than Dumoulin’s: 14. It would have been 18 had Konstantin Siutsou been able to start.
  • Rohan Dennis missed out by just two seconds the opportunity to become the 23rd rider to lead each of the three Grand Tours.

FINAL RESULT

1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) – 9.7km in 12’02”, average speed 48.365km/h
2 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) at 2″
3 – Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) at 2″
3 – Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) s.t.

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
  • Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) – jersey worn tomorrow by Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – not assigned today
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

PRESS CONFERENCE

The Maglia Rosa Tom Dumoulin said in the press conference: “I didn’t expect to gain so much time on Chris Froome and the other GC contenders. The victory today is more important to me than the time I gained. I’m proud to wear the two most prestigious jerseys in cycling right now: the Maglia Rosa on top of the rainbow jersey. It’s special to win here in Jerusalem. It was a technical and challenging course in a very impressive city with history and culture, although today I wasn’t concerned with that. The crowd was amazing, especially considering that people in Israel are not used to cycling. I’m honored to win the Gino Bartali prize in a stage dedicated to him. I know his history since I read a book about his life two years ago. Now I’m delighted to be in the Maglia Rosa. I don’t expect to retain it for three weeks. But I also don’t want to lose any of the time I gained on the other GC riders today.”

The Maglia Bianca of Best Young Rider, Maximilian Schachmann, said: “Looking at the start list, I knew I had a good chance of riding into the jersey. It’s hard to say that I expected it; I hoped for it. I knew that I was in very good shape coming into the race. Just before Flèche Wallonne [8th], I went to an altitude training camp. I’m happy to show my good legs here. I will try to defend the Maglia Bianca as long as possible. But we have a few other good young riders in the Giro, so it will be difficult but I’ll try my best to retain it.”

TOMORROW’S STAGE

  • Stage 2
  • Haifa-Tel Aviv
  • 167km
  • total elevation 800m

Discover more about stage 2!

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