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Giro d'Italia: Tom Dumoulin takes sensational stage win to extend overall lead on Quintana

Martin James
20 May 2017

Pink jersey fights back to reel in other favourites and leave them behind in the final kilometre of Stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin defended his Giro d'Italia pink jersey in sensational style by winning Stage 14, a 131km ride from Castellania to Oropa.

The Team Sunweb rider came around Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) in the run for the line to take the stage and the 10 seconds time bonus that came with it.

Dumoulin had initially been dropped after an earlier attack by Giro d'Italia favourite Nairo Quintana on the final climb of Santuario di Oropa, a near-12km test at an average of 6.2% and a maximum of 13%.

But in the end it was Quintana who lost time, coming in over 10 seconds down on Dumoulin, Zakarin and third place Mikel Landa. 

In winning the stage Dumoulin extended his lead over Quintana to 2min 47sec.

How the Giro d'Italia stage panned out

The shortest road stage of this year’s Giro got off to a frenetic start, with the attacks starting the moment the flag dropped as the peloton left the tiny village of Castellania, birthplace of the legendary Fausto Coppi.

But it took all of 30km for the right move to come together – a three-man group comprising Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data), Daniel Martinez (Wilier Triestina) and Sergey Lagutin (Gazprom).

But even when the break did go clear, it was never allowed to build a large advantage, with Francaise des Jeux dictating the pace in the main field.

They were looking to safely shepherd team leader Thibaut Pinot to the base of the final climb, and sure enough, the break was brought back just before the climb started.

Then finally the climbing started - a brief taster ahead of what will be nearly a full week of mountains as the race heads to its conclusion in Milan.

Team Sky’s Diego Rosa attacked with upwards of 9km to go, with Sky having switched focus to stage wins after Geraint Thomas pulled out of the race a couple of stages ago.

Next to try his luck was Zakarin, then Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) had a go - hoping the other big names would let him go now that he's dropped down the overall standings a little.

Given the length of the stage, the difficulty of the stages to come and the nature of the final climb, most predictions at the start of the day said the climb would suit the pink jersey of Dumoulin, and that any time gaps at the finish would be small.

That didn't stop Quintana attacking with 5km to go, and initially he looked to have cracked Dumoulin. But the Team Sunweb rider didn't panic, and he slowly reeled in the riders who had looked to follow Quintana - Yates, Vincenzo Nibali, Landa and Zakarin.

With the likes of Pinot and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) trailing, there was still plenty to be gained by the leaders, but then Dumoulin surprised all by having a dig off the front - enough to distance Nibali.

That left four to fight for the win - Dumoulin, Landa, Quintana and Zakarin - with the pink jersey leading the sprint for the line.