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Giro d'Italia 2017: Tom Dumoulin inherits overall lead after TT win

Josh Cunningham
16 May 2017

After Stage 10 TT, Tom Dumoulin leads Nairo Quintana by 2 minutes 23 seconds in the overall standings

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) has won stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia, putting 49 seconds into second place Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and inheriting the pink leaders jersey from Nairo Quintana as a result. 

In the overall GC, Dumoulin now sits 2'23" ahead of Quintana and 2'38" ahead of third place Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

The first portion of the route was an altogether flat affair, before a steady climb began at 12.7km and rose up for the best part of 10km. A period of rolling roads followed the first climb for a further 10km, before a final kick up to the finish with the technical climb of Montefalco provided a real test for the riders after 40km.

The early pace setters of Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez and Team Sky's Vasil Kiryienka were blown out of the water by Thomas, who posted a time 51 seconds quicker than Sanchez' 52'17", with third place Bob Jungels coming in 7 seconds slower than the Welshman.

But a rampaging Tom Dumoulin was setting the roads of Perugia alight, with a ride that by the first checkpoint had already put him 48 seconds ahead of Quintana.

As the time checks kept coming, the gaps kept on rising, with the Dutchman putting considerable time into each of his rivals as the kilometres ticked over. 

With the gaps that he had amounted by the end, Tom Dumoulin established himself as a big threat for the overall GC, and with a 2'23" advantage at the half way point he could prove to be a difficult rider to reel back in. 

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