May 17, 2017
Dumoulin extends lead with huge stage win
Oropa (Biella), 20 May 2017 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) proved he was not going rto play a conservative race after he increased his lead in the overall classification of the Giro 100 with a massive win on the uphill finish of the sanctuary of Oropa.
The Dutchman beat Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) with a strong sprint and gained 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).
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner and Maglia Rosa, Tom Dumoulin, said: “I knew Quintana would attack and I was dreaming of hitting back but I didn’t think this would happen. It was hard when Quintana rode away. I couldn’t follow him so I took my own pace. Then I came closer and closer. When Zakarin accelerated I only thought of gaining time on Nibali, Pinot and Mollema. I have a big advantage to take into the last week. We’ll see if it’s enough. This stage suited me but the last week will be different with a lot of climbing. We’re still far from Milan.”
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"
4 - Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 14"
5 - Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 35"
1 - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 - Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 2’47"
3 - Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 3'25"
4 - Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain - Merida) at 3'40"
5 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 4'24"
Video Highlights (Italian Commentary)
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
Stage 14 Results and GC