Dumoulin reflects on brutal defeat in Vuelta a Espana

So near, but so far. When Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) crossed the finish line of stage 20 at Cercedilla, 35th at 7:30, the Dutchman received a huge round of applause from the crowd for what had been a deeply courageous, if unsuccessful, defence of his Vuelta a Espana overall lead that only collapsed almost within sight of Madrid

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.