Impressive Tom Dumoulin crushes rivals and takes Pink in Giro d'Italia
May 16 2017 11:33 pm CET

Impressive Tom Dumoulin crushes rivals and takes Pink in Giro d'Italia
Impressive Tom Dumoulin crushes rivals and takes Pink in Giro d'Italia


Tom Dumoulin is the new leader of the 100th Giro d'Italia after crushing his rivals in the first individual time trial on Tuesday.

Following the second rest day, the riders faced a 39.8km time trial from Foligno to Montefalco. The course contained several climbs and perfectly suited Dumoulin, the Dutchman had claimed on Monday.

The Sunweb leader did not disappoint as he dominated the stage from the very start. Beating Geraint Thomas' already impressive intermediate time by 18 seconds at the first checkpoint, Dumoulin went on to increase the gap to 36 seconds at the second checkpoint and 49 seconds at the finish.

Of those competing for the general classification, Vincenzo Nibali was 'best of the rest'. The Italian finished 6th at 2'07" from Dumoulin. Mollema came in 11th at another ten seconds.

Thibaut Pinot of FDJ, who had begun the day in second place, disappointed by setting the 19th time at 2'42" from the stage winner and as such finds himself outside the podium spots.

Race leader Quintana struggled visibly during most of the time trial and had to settle for 23rd place at no less than 2'53" from Dumoulin.

The Colombian does remain in second place but will have to impress in the mountains to close the 2'23" gap with the Dutchman.

Mollema climbs to third place at 2'38" from his compatriot and two seconds ahead of Pinot. Nibali remains in fifth place at 2'47" from Dumoulin.

Earlier on the day, the battle for the stage victory seemed to be between Vasil Kiryienka and Geraint Thomas of Team Sky, Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez and Quick-Step's Bob Jungels.

Kiryienka set the first top time despite crashing in the last kilometers. The man from Belarus quickly recovered and still beat the then best time by a more than comfortable margin.

Sanchez then beat Kiryienka's time by 20 seconds but the Spaniard was then pushed off the hotseat by Thomas whose time was an impressive 51 seconds faster. Jungels launched a serious attack as well but the Luxembourg champion finished at seven seconds from Thomas.

As it turned out however, Dumoulin had very different plans as he took the stage victory and the Pink Jersey and opened up the Italian grand tour in the process.
Photo of Tom Dumoulin by Mary Cárdenas /