Du­moulin wins 100th Giro d’Italia

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

MI­LAN — Tom Du­moulin won the 100th Giro d’Italia in dra­matic fash­ion Sun­day, re­claim­ing the over­all lead in a fi­nal­stage in­di­vid­ual time trial.

It’s the first Grand Tour vic­tory for Du­moulin, a Dutch­man with Team Sun­web, and it sets him up as a po­ten­tial ri­val for three-time Tour de France cham­pion Chris Froome.

Du­moulin en­tered the fi­nal stage in fourth po­si­tion, but fin­ished far enough ahead of his ri­vals over the flat 29kilo­me­tre (18-mile) route from Monza’s For­mula One race track to Mi­lan’s cathe­dral to move back into the lead.

“This is crazy. I could not have imag­ined this,” Du­moulin said. “I was strong. I was lucky. Just every­thing fell into place the whole Giro.”

In the over­all stand­ings, Du­moulin fin­ished 31 sec­onds ahead of 2014 cham­pion Nairo Quin­tana of Colom­bia and 40 sec­onds ahead of last year’s win­ner, Vin­cenzo Nibali of Italy.

Du­moulin’s fel­low Dutch­man Jos van Em­den won the 21st stage in 33 min­utes, 8 sec­onds.

“It couldn’t be bet­ter,” Van Em­den said. “I’m re­ally happy for Tom. He de­serves it.”

Du­moulin came sec­ond in the stage, 15 sec­onds be­hind. Nibali came 13th, 1:09 be­hind Em­den and Quin­tana was 27th, 1:39 back.

Du­moulin en­tered the fi­nal stage 53 sec­onds be­hind Quin­tana.

Du­moulin also won the race’s other time trial in Stage 10 and claimed Stage 14, which had an up­hill fin­ish. Du­moulin wore the leader’s pink jersey for eight days, but then strug­gled in the se­ri­ous moun­tain stages and lost the lead to Quin­tana two days ago.

Du­moulin came close to win­ning the 2015 Span­ish Vuelta, which he led head­ing into the penul­ti­mate stage. But he faded fast on the fi­nal moun­tain ride, and fin­ished sixth be­hind win­ner Fabio Aru. The fi­nal stage was the tra­di­tional leisurely ar­rival to Madrid, which of­fered no chance to come back.

This time, the con­clud­ing time trial was just what Du­moulin needed, en­abling him to be­come the first Dutch rider to win the Giro. Re­lief came via the team ra­dio. “I was feel­ing good. Half­way they said ‘Don’t take risks any­more,’ so I thought, ‘Maybe I’m win­ning now?’” Du­moulin said. “They bet­ter never do that again, be­cause it was close in the end.”

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