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Dumoulin wins Vuelta Stage 17

Tom Dumoulin powered to victory in the individual time trial at La Vuelta to take the race lead from Rodriguez going into the final three competitive stages.

The virtually flat route profile around Burgos for 39km was always going to be an important factor at this late stage in the race and with no climbing to do it’s a pure time trial without any complication, which favoured Dumoulin.

Dumoulin began the day in 4th place in the GC at 1’51” down on Rodriguez and ended up finishing putting 3’06” into him and 2’38” into Tinkoff-Saxo’s 3rd place contender Rafal Majka.

The early leader was Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo) who put on a time of 47’05” which would stand for three hours as the best time as riders came and went,

It looked as if Bodnar would be taking the stage victory, with Steve Cummings one of the only men to be faster than the Pole at the first checkpoint but then fading in the second part of the course.

Even time trial specialists like Jerome Coppel and Nelson Oliveira were unable to topple Bodnar, riding well but still coming in more than 30″ off the pace set by the him.

 As the GC riders began to roll off the clouds started to come in, although the rain abated for the riders who would be battling for the red jersey.

Dumoulin looked comfortable straight away and quickly found a comfortable gear and settled into his aero position. Rodriguez on the other hand looked uncomfortable and was fidgety on the bike, never seeming to get into his stride and losing more than 1′ to Dumoulin at the first time checkpoint.

Despite Dumoulin putting masses of time into Rodriguez and Majka, Fabio Aru was the only one who was seemingly able to stem the flow of time from his competitors, keeping Dumoulin’s gains on him to 1’52”.

While Aru was the only GC man to rally against Dumoulin’s onslaught, the Duthcman had his eyes on the stage win as well as the red jersey. He was faster than Bodnar at the second time point and was only getting stronger as he came in to the finish.

He ended up beating Bodnar’s time by an impressive 1’04” to take the stage honours as well as ride himself into a race lead with a slender 3″ advantage on Aru, who will be looking to take back the red jersey in the next mountain stage.

Vuelta a Espana 2015 Stage 17: Burgos>Burgos (39km – Individual Time Trial)

1. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin – Ned) 46’01”
2. Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo – Pol) +1’04”
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar – Spa) +1’08”
4. Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky – Blr) +1’31”
5, Jerome Coppel (IAM Cycling – Fra) +1’32”
6. Nairo Quintana (Movistar – Col) +1’33”
7. Romain Sicard (Europcar – Fra) +1’36”
8. Nelson Oliveira (Lampre-Merida – Por) +1’38”
9. Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka – GBr) +1’40”
10. Fabio Aru (Astana – Ita) +1’53”

General Classification

1. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin – Ned) 68:40:36″
2. Fabio Aru (Astana – Ita) +3″
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha – Spa) +1’15”
4. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo – Pol) +2’22”
5. Nairo Quintana (Movistar – Col) +2’53”
6. A;ejandro Valverde (Movistar – Spa) +3’15”
7. Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge – Col) +3’30”
8. Daniel Moreno (Katusha – Spa) +3’46”
9. Mikel Nieve (Team Sky – Spa) +4’10”
10. Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka – RSA) +6’51”


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