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Dumoulin wins 2017 Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin during the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin during the 2016 Giro d'Italia, by Joop van Dijk, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Tom Dumoulin overcame his deficit on the final day of the 2017 Giro d'Italia, to record a merited victory in the General Classification. The Dutchman was fourth before the Stage 21 time trial, 53 seconds behind race leader Nairo Quintana, but gained 1 minute 24 seconds on the Colombian. Dumoulin therefore won the Giro by 31 seconds.

The results of the time trial were:

  • 1) Jos van Emden 33min08s
  • 2) Tom Dumoulin +15s
  • 3) Manuel Quinzato +27s
  • 13) Vincenzo Nibali +1min09
  • 27) Nairo Quintana +1min39s
  • 28) Thibaut Pinot +1min42s
  • 33) Ilnur Zakarin +1min49s

The final standings in the General Classification were:

  • 1) Tom Dumoulin 90h34min54s
  • 2) Nairo Quintana +31s
  • 3) Vincenzo Nibali +40s
  • 4) Thibaut Pinot +1min17s
  • 5) Ilnur Zakarin +1min56s

This was how this year's Giro played out (with videos of the key stages).

Dumoulin wins 2017 Giro d'Italia: the first week

Lukas Postlberger (Bora Hansgrohe) took an unexpected win on Stage 1, getting a gap on the sprinters' teams near the finish, and holding on to cross the line first. Dumoulin finished 28th, safely in the bunch. André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won the sprint on Stage 2. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) took Stage 3 after crosswinds created gaps late on; Dumoulin was in the main group of favourites 13 seconds back, although Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) gained 10 seconds on the other GC contenders, at just 3 seconds behind the stage winner.

Stage 4 finished on Mount Etna. A headwind neutralised the contest to some extent, but Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) took 10 seconds out of the other favourites, and Bob Jungels moved into the race lead.

Gaviria took another sprint victory on Stage 5. Stage 6 was won by Silvan Dillier (BMC) from a breakaway, with the GC riders including Dumoulin together at 39 seconds.

Caleb Ewan was the fastest in a bunch sprint on Stage 7, and again there were no significant changes in the overall standings. On Stage 8, Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) won from a breakaway, and Jungels retained the race lead.

Stage 9 was the much-anticipated Blockhaus day. Wilko Kelderman hit a poorly-parked motorbike at the bottom of the final climb, and took out Geraint Thomas, Mikel Landa, and Adam Yates. Movistar set a high pace ahead of the fallen riders, and Nairo Quintana won the stage by 24 seconds. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) was second, and Tom Dumoulin third in the same time as Pinot. Quintana took the pink jersey.

Dumoulin wins 2017 Giro d'Italia: the second week

Dumoulin rode Stage 10 in the colours of the Dutch national time trial champion, and his time of 50.37 for the 40km course was 49 seconds faster than second-placed Geraint Thomas. Dumoulin gained 2 minutes 07 on Nibali, 2 minutes 42 on Thibaut Pinot, and 2 minutes 53 on Nairo Quintana. It was enough for the Butterfly from Maastricht to take the overall lead by 2 minutes 23 seconds.

Stage 11 was a medium mountain stage won by Oscar Fraile (Dimension Data). Dumoulin finished with a group of favourites. Gaviria won the sprint on Stage 12, and again on Stage 13.

Stage 14 ended with a climb to Oropa, and after withstanding Movistar's attacks, Dumoulin took the fight to them, and won the stage.

The GC battle was on on Stage 15. Bob Jungels took first place, and Nairo Quintana second. Dumoulin finished with them, but only 8th, so lost out on time bonuses.

Dumoulin wins 2017 Giro d'Italia: the final week

Stage 16 was the controversial Queen Stage of the Giro. Dumoulin suffered stomach problems before the final climb of the day, the Umbrailpass. He had to stop by the roadside, and the other favourites - intially Zakarin, then Quintana and Nibali, pushed the pace rather than waiting. Dumoulin lost 2 minutes 18 seconds to stage winner Vincenzo Nibali, but stayed in pink.

It was in effect a day off or the GC race on Stage 17, which was won by Pierre Rolland (Cannondale). Van Garderen (BMC) won Stage 18, while Dumoulin defended his jersey, and lost no time to his rivals.

On Stage 19, Landa won, and Dumoulin was finally distanced, slipping to second place overall, 38 seconds behind Nairo Quintana.

Thibaut Pinot won the final mountain stage, Stage 20. Dumoulin limited the damage, losing 15 seconds to Pinot, Zakarin, Nibali, Pozzovivo, and Quintana.

That just left the Stage 21 time trial - the race of truth to decide the Giro.

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