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Incredible Dumoulin usurps Quintana to snatch Giro victory

Tom Dumoulin celebrates Giro victory Tom Dumoulin celebrates Giro victory
Frederick Owens | 29 May, 2017, 09:24

Colombian Nairo Quintana retained the Giro d'Italia pink jersey after a 20th and penultimate stage won by Frenchman Thibaut Pinot that saw Dutchman Tom Dumoulin remain in victory contention.

"It was the time trials that really tipped the balance in this Giro", added the Italian, who won a thrilling stage 16 into Bormio in which Dumoulin was forced to chase frantically over the last climb of the Stelvio after suffering an embarrassing, unshceduled toilet stop.

Especially as Sunday s final stage is a mainly flat time trial over 29.3km from Monza to Milan, and Dumoulin was almost three minutes faster than him on the 10th stage time trial last week.

"It was only stage nine, the Giro had really just started, but Quintana showed he was very strong", Dumoulin said Sunday. "Just everything fell into place the whole Giro".

The Team Sunweb rider was expected to make inroads into his 53 second deficit to race leader Nairo Quintana of Colombia, due to his specialty in the time trial discipline.

Thanks to a Dutch one-two on the stage finish, Van Emden gave the Netherlands a double reason for celebration when he claimed his maiden grand tour stage win with a sensational ride into the Lombardy capital. But then I sat here in front of the TV and it was only a few seconds and I was really angry. Chris Horner's 2013 Vuelta a España victory still feels more preposterous than Dumoulin's win, but Horner didn't do it against this good of a field. - AFP picDumoulin finished second behind compatriot Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the stage to round off what a tearful Van Emden called "a great day for Dutch cycling".

Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali joined Dumoulin on the podium
Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali joined Dumoulin on the podium

Quintana now leads second-placed Dumoulin by 38 seconds, third-placed Nibali by 43 and Pinot (FDJ) by 53.

Quintana will also race in the Tour de France later this summer.

Dumoulin, a time trial genius without much of a climber's profile, flirted with a Giro win before, but he dissolved in the third week and seemed like the sort of rider who could take the leader's jersey with a dominant time trial but inevitably lose it once attacked.

A second Tour stage win came in 2015 when Pinot, after a solo attack, conquered Alpe d'Huez. Further back, Dumoulin came through the first split in second place, destroying Ilnur Zakarin's chances of winning in the process.

But their combined efforts failed to shake the Dutchman, who for the closing kilometres was left in a five-man group containing allies in Bob Jungels (Quick Step), Adam Yates (Orica) and fellow Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek). "There are guys like Bradley Wiggins, but I don't want to compare myself to anyone". "I will go down in the history books for winning the Giro after pooping in the woods, it's quite awesome", Dumoulin explained. I don't feel myself like a champion, but I nearly feel like it when I see my name on the trophy.

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