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GIRO 2017: Dumoulin Wins Stage 14

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Tom Dumoulin won stage 14 with a convincing late attack after absorbing everything his GC rivals could throw at him, increasing his race lead over Quintana.

In a day designed to test the GC the fireworks on the category 1 Oropa didn’t disappoint, with Quintana losing even more time on Dumoulin despite frequent attacks.

Despite the day being built around the final climb it still took almost 30km of racing for a break to form even though there were several attacks off the front in the early stages of the race.

Eventually Gaviria and Sunweb took over on the front of the peloton to allow a break to go as the GC riders tried to keep their powder dry for the final climb.

Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data), Sergey Lagutin (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Daniel Martinez (Willier-Triestina) were the lucky three but they had to work hard to keep their advantage.

The gap never got more than 2′ and a few times throughout the stage the gap was less than 30″ and the peloton had to ease off to prevent catching them too early.

The break managed to stay away until 18km to go, just before the foot of the final climb, with Bahrain-Merida and Trek-Segafredo taking control of the peloton to set up Nibali and Mollema for attacks on Dumoulin.

Movistar tried to force the pace to drop riders but Gorka Izagirre and Jose Rojas unintentionally rode off the front and created a gap which was quickly taken advantage of by Team Sky’s Diego Rosa.

Izagirre and Rojas dropped back to the peloton once they realised what they had done by Rosa rode on but despite getting almost 10″ he was caught by the GC teams.

The pace was shared by the GC riders with the main men and their chief domestiques making up the front of the bunch and no further attacks came until 5.5km to go with Dimension Data’s Igor Anton jumping away.

Anton never looked particularly comfortable and was soon brought back by Yates, Pozzovivo and Zakarin. Winner Anacona (Movistar) was driving the pace on the front as the group was whittled down to the main GC riders with Dumoulin riding in around 7th wheel behind his GC rivals.

Pozzovivo launched an attack but this was quickly brought back as the race reached 4km to go, prompting an attack by Zakarin and Quintana who went away from the GC group with Dumoulin failing to react.

Dumoulin appeared at the front of the group and increased the pace which dropped Mollema and Pinot, but Quintana went again and dropped Zakarin to try and solo to the top.

Dumoulin didn’t panic and rode his race, shelling riders until he was leading a chase group that included Zakarin, Yates, Landa and Nibali. Nibali cracked and was dropping back as Pinot and Mollema rode past him in pursuit of the maglia rosa group.

Quintana was unable to go again and Dumoulin was able to catch him with 1.5km to go. After a brief respite, the Dutchman attacked Quintana and got the drop on him, accelerating away with Quintana, Landa and Zakarin going after him.

Zakarin was able to get up to Dumoulin and went past him with 200m to go but Dumoulin wanted the stage and the 10″ bonus on the line so chased him down, overtaking him with 25m to go to take the stage and put more time into his rivals.

Giro d’Italia 2017 Stage 14: Castellania>Oropa (131km)

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb – Ned) 3:02:24″
2 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha – Alpecin – Rus) +3″
3 Mikel Landa (Team Sky – Spa) +9″
4 Nairo Quintana (Movistar – Col) +14″
5 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ – Fra) +34″
6 Adam Yates (Orica-Scott – GBr) +41″
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita) +43″
8 Franco Pellizotti (Bahrain-Merida – Ita)
9 Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo – Ned) +46″
10 Tanel Kangert (Astana – Est)

General Classification

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb – Ned) 59:31:17″
2 Nairo Quintana (Movistar – Col) +2’47”
3 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ – Fra) +3’25″”
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita) +3’40”
5 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha – Alpecin – Rus) +4’24”
6 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo – Ned) +4’32”
7 Tanel Kangert (Astana – Est) +4’55”
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R – Ita) +4’59”
9 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step – Lux) +5’28”
10 Andrey Amador (Movistar – CRc) +5’36”


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