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Dumoulin climbs to superb win on Oropa to extend his overall lead at the Giro

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Tom Dumoulin produced an impressive ride to win stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia and extend his overall lead in the general classification.

Dumoulin had initially been dropped after an earlier attack by Nairo Quintana on the final climb of Santuario di Oropa, but in the end it was Quintana who lost time, coming in over 10 seconds down on Dumoulin.

The Dutch rider took the honours from Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha–Alpecin) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky).

The peloton kept the days breakaway within their reach throughout the day, bringing them back with perfect timing ahead of the days first categorised climb to the finish.

As the gradient increased, Tom Dumoulin remained safely tucked in towards the head of the bunch and when accelerations came from the front he remained focused on his own climb. The Dutch rider led the chase to Nairo Quintana and once the catch was made, he launched his own explosive attack. With just Zakarin left with him he still had the power to accelerate towards glory, taking his second stage win at this years Giro d’Italia. The victory adds precious seconds to his lead in the overall standings and he now holds an advantage of 2 minutes and 47 seconds.

“I really didn’t expect this, it’s something I had always dreamed about but I didn’t think I could do it”, said Dumoulin. “It was a really tough climb and when I couldn’t follow Quintana I remained focused, relaxed and rode at my own pace. At the end I still had something left it was incredible. It’s a good advantage to go into the last week with but we will see how things go and the last week will be much different. It’s still a long way to Milan.”

Giro d’Italia 2017 – stage 14 results (Castellania – Oropa):

1Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

3:02:03

2Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+03”

3Mikel Landa (Team Sky)

+09”

4Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+14”

5Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

+35”

6Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

+41”

7Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

+43”

8Franco Pellizotti (Bahrain Merida)

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9Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo_

+46”

10Tanel Kangert (Astana)

,,

11Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

+50”

12Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

+01’00”

13Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ)

+01’12”

14Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

+01’14”

15Igor Anton (Dimension Data)

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16Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

+01’19”

17Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

+01’22”

18Laurens De Plus (Quick-Step Floors)

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19Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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20Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

+01’26”

 

General classification after stage 14:

1Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

59:31:17

2Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+02’47”

3Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

+03’25”

4Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

+03’40”

5Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+04’24”

6Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+04’32”

7Tanel Kangert (Astana)

+04’55”

8Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

+04’59”

9Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

+05’28”

10Andrey Amador (Movistar)

+05’36”

11Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+07’03”

12Dario Cataldo (Astana)

+07’13”

13Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

+07’43”

14Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

+07’55”

15Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

+07’58”

16Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

+09’11”

17Ben Hermans (BMC)

+10’26”

18Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal)

+11’07”

19Simone Petilli (UAE Team Emirates)

+16’02”

20Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

+19’05”

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