Pinot triumphs on penultimate day of Giro, Dumoulin limits damage

Thibaut Pinot giro 2017 stage 20

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) limited his losses in the penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia as Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) won the stage.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) retained the maglia rosa but, with the first four riders within 53 seconds of the Colombian, the Giro 100 is set for a dramatic finale tomorrow in Milano.

Dumoulin finished the 190-km stage between Pordenone and Asiago 15 seconds behind Pinot (FDJ), who beat Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) for the stage 20 victory that also gave him a 10-second time bonus.

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) took fourth place ahead of Quintana in the same time as Pinot with Dumoulin losing time after failing to follow the pure climbers in the last ascent.

“The time gaps are minimal and tomorrow is a flat time trial that is tailor-made for Dumoulin,” said Pinot.

Quintana leads Nibali by 39 seconds and Pinot by 43, with Dumoulin in fourth place overall 53 seconds off the pace.

Dumoulin has a big chance of leapfrogging the top three riders on Sunday in Milan to claim his maiden grand tour title.

“We tried to get a bigger gap but Tom has been very strong and is now the clear favorite tomorrow to win the race,” said Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzue.

Giro d’Italia 2017 – stage 20  results (Pordenone – Asiago):

1Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)


2Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


3Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)


4Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)


5Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


6Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)


7Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)


8Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ)


9Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


10Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)


11Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


12Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)


13Omar Fraile (Dimension Data)


14Hubert Dupont (AG2R)


15Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


16Philip Deignan (Team Sky)


17Enrico Battaglin (LottoNl-Jumbo)


18Jesper Hansen (Astana)


19Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)


20Dario Cataldo (Astana)


General classification after stage 20:

1Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


2Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)


3Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)


4Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)


5Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


6Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)


7Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


8Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)


9Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)


10Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)


11Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


12Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


13Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal)


14Dario Cataldo (Astana)


15Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ)


16Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)


17Hubert Dupont (AG2R)


18Mikel Landa (Team Sky)


19Andrey Amador (Movistar)


20Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)



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