Tom Dumoulin: At the moment, I have as few answers as you have

Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) at the Giro d'Italia
Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

‘Big Tom, Big Tom!’ Poking his head through the barriers past the finish line at Rifugio Sapienza, a merry tifoso was trying to draw the attention of Tom Dumoulin, but it was never likely to be the time or the place for a selfie.

Over nine minutes had passed since Lennard Kämna won stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia by the time Dumoulin completed his own ascent of Mount Etna. More pertinently, over six had passed since the rest of the favourites for overall victory had sprinted for the line. His maglia rosa challenge was already over with 17 stages still to go.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.