Giro d'Italia: Dumoulin triumphs atop Oropa

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) stormed his way to the finish line atop the Oropa climb to win stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia at the head of a high-powered group, following a hard-fought climb up the final kilometres of the ascent. He out-gunned Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Mikel Landa (Sky) on the finishing straight after reeling in a sustained attack by Movistar's Nairo Quintana, who finished fourth, 14 seconds back.

The stage win pushed race leader Dumoulin further ahead of his chief rivals on the overall leaderboard. Including the bonus seconds he claimed at the line, Dumoulin picked up a total of 24 seconds on Quintana and 53 on Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali. The Dutchman now leads Quintana by 2:47 with FDJ's Thibaut Pinot sitting third on GC at 3:25.

A three-man break group dominated the flat portion of the stage, with the only action of the day coming once the climb started. Attack followed attack, but no one was able to get away for long. Quintana made his decisive move with four kilometres to go, followed by Zakarin. Dumoulin had been holding himself fairly far back, giving the impression he was perhaps on his limit. But he soon appeared at the front of a small group including Yates, Nibali, Landa and Zakarin, who had been dropped by Quintana.

The Colombian had no more than about a 14 second lead, and Dumoulin used his time trial skills to move up, catch, and pass Quintana. The two, together with Zakarin and Landa, rode up the final kilometre with Quintana slowly dropping back. Zakarin moved to the front with only a few hundred meters left, but Dumoulin dug deep and passed him within sight of the finish line, to win by three seconds.

Though Quintana, Pinot, Yates, Nibali and Kruijswijk all lost time on the race leader, the biggest loser was no doubt Dumoulin's compatriot Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo) who toppled off the podium, going from third place to sixth, 4:32 down. Even the mountain jersey changed hands. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) fell back early on the climb, and the blue jersey changed over to the broad shoulders of stage winner Dumoulin.

How it unfolded

The sun was shining at the start in Castellania as the peloton took off on the shortest road stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia, only 131 km. Roughly the first 100 km of the day were flattish before the finishing climb, so an escape group was expected.

Many tried to get away but no one was successful or allowed to go. The pace was high in the opening half an hour and the GC favourites all sat calmly in the field, while others made their flight attempts. It took some 30 km, but a group finally was allowed to get away. Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data), Sergey Lagutin (GazProm-RusVelo) and Daniel Martinez (Willier Trestina) moved away as the peloton relaxed.

The gap was never much over the two minute mark. And so it continued for some 80 kilometres. With 22 km to go, and the finishing climb looming, the GC riders’ teams started lining up at the front. There was still no rush to catch the three leaders, even though the gap was by then under a minute. They were eventually brought back with just under 18 km left.

Nearing the foot of the climb, Bahrain Merida moved to the front apparently looking to set things up for Nibali. They were soon joined by Trek-Segafredo for Bauke Mollema, with Team Sunweb keeping an eye on them all.

Movistar led the charge up, as riders started falling off the back and there were numerous crashes along the way, including one by Lotto Soudal’s Adam Hansen. In fact, José Joaquín Rojas and Gorka Izagirre were so strong they unintentionally opened a gap, with Diego Rosa of Sky giving chase. When the two Movistar riders realised what they had done, they pulled up, but Rosa kept on going.

Surprisingly mountains classification leader Fraile fell off the back of the field early on. Movistar still led the reduced field, and the Sky rider was caught again. Maglia Rose Dumoulin was not near the front of the field.

With 5.5 km to go, Igor Anton (Dimension Data) was the next to jump, with Zakarin, Yates and Pozzovivo leading the chase, and all were together again. Winner Anacona (Movistar) pulled the group along, until Yates moved to the front. Yates fell back though and Pozzovivo attacked. And with four km to go, Quintana and Zakarin went off the front together. Dumoulin was too far back to successfully react. Quintana and Zakarin moved up. Dumoulin appeared again at last, leading a small group. That was too much for Quintana, who took off again.

The big Dutchman didn’t panic but steadily rode his own rhythm, leading his small group of Nibali, Zakarin, Yates and Landa in chase. Both Mollema and Pinot had dropped back, and soon both Yates and Nibali were not able to stay with the group.

Meter by meter, Dumoulin neared the Colombian, catching and passing him with 1.5km to go. Dumoulin kept going, but Quintana, Landa and Zakarin went with him. Zakarin moved into the lead with some 200 meters to go and Dumoulin gave furious chase and moved into the lead with some 25 meters to go to take the win. Quintana finished a desolate fourth, more than 10 seconds down.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb3:02:34
2Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:03
3Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:00:09
4Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:14
5Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:35
6Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:00:41
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:43
8Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:46
10Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:50
12Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:00
13Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:01:12
14Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:14
15Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 14 - Cell 2
16Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:01:19
17Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:01:22
18Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 18 - Cell 2
20Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:26
21Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:44
22Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:04
25Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 27 - Cell 2
29Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:02:21
30Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 29 - Cell 2
31Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:29
32Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina0:02:31
33Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:36
35Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky0:02:40
36Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:55
37Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ0:03:01
38Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 37 - Cell 2
39Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 38 - Cell 2
40Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 39 - Cell 2
41José Mendes (Por) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:05
42Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:03:11
44Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:28
45Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:03:35
46Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 45 - Cell 2
47Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 49 - Cell 2
51Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:03:58
53Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:12
54Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina0:04:15
55Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin0:05:33
56Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:06:13
57Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 58 - Cell 2
60Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 59 - Cell 2
61Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 60 - Cell 2
62Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 62 - Cell 2
64Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb0:06:27
65Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJRow 64 - Cell 2
66Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:06:46
67Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:06:56
68Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 67 - Cell 2
69Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension DataRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:07:41
71Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 72 - Cell 2
74Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 73 - Cell 2
75Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 74 - Cell 2
76Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 76 - Cell 2
78Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 77 - Cell 2
79Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 78 - Cell 2
80François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 79 - Cell 2
81Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:08:23
83Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 82 - Cell 2
84Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 83 - Cell 2
85Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:08:37
86Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:08:50
87Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:09:11
88Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 87 - Cell 2
89Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 89 - Cell 2
91Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 91 - Cell 2
93Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 92 - Cell 2
94Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team0:09:54
95Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 94 - Cell 2
96Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:10:05
97Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb0:10:28
99Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:11:17
100Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 99 - Cell 2
101Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:12:15
102Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 101 - Cell 2
103Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:33
104Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 104 - Cell 2
106Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier TriestinaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 106 - Cell 2
108Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 107 - Cell 2
109Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 108 - Cell 2
110Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 109 - Cell 2
111Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 110 - Cell 2
112Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 111 - Cell 2
113Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 112 - Cell 2
114Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 113 - Cell 2
115Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 114 - Cell 2
116Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension DataRow 115 - Cell 2
117Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 116 - Cell 2
118Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-ScottRow 118 - Cell 2
120Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 119 - Cell 2
121Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:12:41
122Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 122 - Cell 2
124Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:13:00
125Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier TriestinaRow 124 - Cell 2
126Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 125 - Cell 2
127Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 126 - Cell 2
128Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 127 - Cell 2
129Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 128 - Cell 2
130Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 129 - Cell 2
131Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 130 - Cell 2
132Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:13:56
133Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:14:15
134Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:14:22
135Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb0:14:38
136Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 137 - Cell 2
139Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 138 - Cell 2
140Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 139 - Cell 2
141Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 140 - Cell 2
142Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 141 - Cell 2
143Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-DrapacRow 142 - Cell 2
144Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 143 - Cell 2
145Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 144 - Cell 2
146Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 145 - Cell 2
147Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 146 - Cell 2
148Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 147 - Cell 2
149Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 148 - Cell 2
150Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 149 - Cell 2
151Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 150 - Cell 2
152Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 151 - Cell 2
153Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 152 - Cell 2
154Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 153 - Cell 2
155Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 154 - Cell 2
156Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 155 - Cell 2
157Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 156 - Cell 2
158Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 157 - Cell 2
159Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 158 - Cell 2
160Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 159 - Cell 2
161Ivan Savitckii (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 160 - Cell 2
162Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-ScottRow 161 - Cell 2
163José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 162 - Cell 2
164Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 163 - Cell 2
165William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 164 - Cell 2
166Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 165 - Cell 2
167Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 166 - Cell 2
168Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 167 - Cell 2
169Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 168 - Cell 2
170Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 169 - Cell 2
171Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier TriestinaRow 170 - Cell 2
172Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:15:17
173Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 172 - Cell 2
174Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:15:21
175Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors0:16:01
176Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 175 - Cell 2
177Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:16:05
178Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:16:07
179Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:16:10
180Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 179 - Cell 2
181Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 180 - Cell 2
182Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 181 - Cell 2
183Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:16:14
DNSAndré Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 183 - Cell 2
DNSJakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 184 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Caresana, km 60
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo10pts
2Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Vercelli, km 76
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo10pts
2Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 1) Santuario di Oropa, km 131
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb35pts
2Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin18Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky12Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott4Row 5 - Cell 3
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida2Row 6 - Cell 3
8Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida1Row 7 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb10pts
2Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina6Row 5 - Cell 3
7Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott4Row 7 - Cell 3
9Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ2Row 9 - Cell 3
11Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott1Row 10 - Cell 3
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