Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) won the 39.8km Sagrantino Individual Time Trial and moved into the overall race lead at the half way point in the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia. His time gives him an important margin over the climbers in the GC: 2’23” on yesterday’s leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), 2’38” on Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo), 2’40” on Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and 2’47” on Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida).
Today’s stage winner and new Maglia Rosa Tom Dumoulin said: “I’m not surprised to win this time trial. The time gap is a lot, it’s more than I hoped for but, in my mind, it’s less surprising than my performance on the Blockhaus. Last year I lost the Maglia Rosa on stage 8, this year I take it on stage 10, it’s a real improvement and the big time gap makes it even nicer. I didn’t feel at my best ever in a time trial but it definitely wasn’t bad. I guess everyone had pain in their legs, especially in the last ten kilometers with the headwind. I don’t expect to gain as much time in the last day’s time trial as today but my rivals need to take some time on me in the mountains and they know it. From the beginning, my goal is to do well on GC.”
- Today Tom Dumoulin scored the 25th stage victory for Dutch riders at the Giro d’Italia. Last year he also took the 24th Dutch stage win.
- This is the 30th Maglia Rosa for riders from the Netherlands. Tom Dumoulin has taken seven of them, the same number as Nairo Quintana.
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) – 39.8km in 50’37”, average speed 47.178km/h
2 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 49″
3 – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) at 56″