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Giro d'Italia 2017: Tejay Van Garderen takes first Grand Tour stage win while Dumoulin survives a mighty test

Josh Cunningham
25 May 2017

Tejay Van Garderen sprints to victory ahead of Mikel Landa, while Tom Dumoulin retains pink with just three stages to go

Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)has won his first ever Grand Tour stage victory, outsprinting breakaway companion Mikel Landa (Team Sky)  at the end of a decisive stage in the Dolomites. 

In the favourites group behind, Tom Dumoulin retained the pink leader's jersey after surviving some very purposeful attacks from both Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali in the finale.  

The Dutchman finished on the same time as Nairo Quintana, leaving the 31 second gap between the two unchanged.

The white Young Rider's jersey did however change hands, from Quickstep's Bob Jungels to Orica-Scott's Adam Yates, after the Luxembourger was dropped with three summits still remaining. Yates now takes an 18 second advantage into the final three stages.

If not the Queen stage, then Stage 18 from Moena to Ortisei was certainly royalty. 

A 137km effort through the beautiful surrounds of the Dolomites, the stage featured five categorised climbs including a summit finish, and as such was always destined to provide a test for Dumoulin. 

A breakaway including Mikel Landa (Team Sky), stage 11 winner Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Andrey Amador (Movistar) and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC), went clear on the first climb of Passo Pordoi. 

By the time they hit the second climb of the Valparola the gap was 2'28", and with some big names included in the group of escapees it prompted the peloton to start riding.

By the third climb of the Gardena the attacks started to come, both in the breakaway and in the peloton, with a huge attack from Nairo Quintana. 

Amador dropped back from the breakaway to help his teammate, and Vincenzo Nibali attacked Dumoulin - who had run out of teammates - to make a formiddable group 25 seconds ahead of the pink jersey. 

But Dumoulin looked strong, and by the top of the Gardena he had reeled the move back in, leaving just the third category climb of Passo di Pinei and third category climb of Pontives to go. 

Meanwhile Van Garderen and Landa pushed ahead of the breakaway, but no fireworks on the Pinei meant that it all came down to the final climb, and the favourites group hit it with two Movistar riders on the front setting a pace.

Quintana eventually attacked with a little over 6km to go, while simultaneously Tejay Van Garderen distanced Mikel Landa. But Quintana was gaining little ground despite his efforts, and was eventully reeled back in, and Landa too managed to haul himself back up to Van Garderen.

A stalemate across the groups with 4.5km to go.

Once onto the flatter upper slopes Dumoulin himself led a provocative, searching attack, prompting Thibaut Pinot, Domenico Pozzovivo and Ilnur Zakarin to do the same. 

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