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Giro d’Italia 2017: Tom Dumoulin beats Quintana in final TT to win Giro d'Italia by 31 seconds

Pete Muir
28 May 2017

The Team Sunweb rider becomes the first Dutch winner of the Giro

In a nail-biting final stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) produced the time-trial of his life to snatch the race from Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Almost from the first turn of the pedal on the 29.3km time-trial, Dumoulin pulled away from his rivals to drag back the time he had lost in the previous few stages.

He needed to make up 53 seconds, and eventually finished 1m24s ahead of Quintana, who managed to hang on to second place, with Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) coming third.

It proved to be the perfect finish to a race that has had drama, heroics and controversy for the duration of its three weeks.

The final winning margin of just 31 seconds was testament to how closely fought the battle was, and there will be few people who will feel that Dumoulin’s victory was not fully deserved.

How Stage 21 of the Giro d'Italia panned out

On the eve of the final stage, the organisers of the 2017 Giro d’Italia must have been rubbing their hands at how well the race had evolved, culminating in this exciting denouement.

As the riders lined up on the start ramp, there was still no certainty as to how this year’s Giro would turn out.

Only a few days previously, Team Sunweb’s Dumoulin had looked like a surefire winner.

After Stage 15 he had a 2m51s cushion over his nearest rival, and he only needed to stay close to the main contenders in the mountains and not lose too much time, and he would seal an easy victory in the final time-trial – a 29.3km downhill romp from Monza to Milan.

However, a couple of costly mistakes in the last few stages of the race meant that he lost the pink jersey and went into the time-trial in fourth place on the GC, 53 seconds down on new race leader Quintana.

Also ahead of him were Nibali, who was 39 seconds down on Quintana, and FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot at 43 seconds.

Dumoulin was among the favourites to win the stage, thanks to his superior time-trialling skills compared to his rivals, but it was uncertain whether he could claw back 53 seconds in quite a short distance, especially as he had looked physically exhausted in the previous few stages.

Before the start of the 21st stage it was hard to predict who would be on the podium at the end, and in what position.

Equally, in the young rider’s competition, Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) had a 28-second lead going into the time-trial, but the man on his heels was Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors), one of the best time-triallists in the peloton, so the eventual winner of the white jersey was as uncertain as the pink.

Early on in the stage, the best time was set by Dutchman Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) in 33m08s. When the favourites set off, Dumoulin quickly established himself as the best man against the clock.

By the first checkpoint, he had already clawed back significant time on each of the three men ahead of him on GC.

Meanwhile Jungels came home in a time of 34m02s, a full 94 seconds ahead of Yates to take the white jersey off the British rider’s back.

Dumoulin couldn’t win the stage. His time of 33m23s was enough to give him second behind Van Emden, but more importantly it was 1m27s ahead of Pinot, 54 seconds ahead of Nibali, and 1m24s ahead of Quintana.

At the end of one of the most exciting Giros in recent memory, Dumoulin won the 100th edition of the race with a margin of just 31 seconds, to become the only Dutchman to win Italy’s greatest race.

Quintana managed to hang on to second place on the podium, with Nibali in third spot.

Also on the final podium, Team Sky’s Mikel Landa took the King of the Mountains jersey, and Quick-Step Floors’ Fernando Gaviria took the points jersey, while Quick-Step Floors also took the team award.