Vuelta a España: Dumoulin wins on Alto de Puig Llorença

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) stunned the overall contenders and the pure climbers on the steep finish above Calpe at the end of stage 9 of the Vuelta a España, using his time trial power to tackle the four-kilometre climb, and blast past late attacker Chris Froome (Team Sky) to win the stage. Dumoulin also put enough time into Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) to take back the race lead.

Froome caught and passed Dumoulin inside the final kilometre and seemed set to win the stage but then the big Dutchman got out of the saddle and used his final drops of power to close the gap and pass the Briton in time to cross the line first.

Chaves finished well off the pace and so Dumoulin now leads the Vuelta by 57 seconds ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) who finished third on the stage five seconds behind Dumoulin. Chaves slipped to third at 59 seconds.

The climb and fast pace caused several gaps with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) both losing 20 seconds.

Dumoulin was stunned to have won and fought to catch his breath after the line. "Unbelievable," he said. "I could have never imagined this. Yesterday, I had a really bad day. The team told me just to keep going and see how it goes, and today it ended pretty well…"

The 168km stage ended with a typical steep climb to the finish but nobody expected the short climb to turn the race upside and see riders lose so much time. However after seeing much of the climb during a first passage and finally catching the 14-rider break of the day, the attacks thick and fast on the climb to the finish.

Valverde was one of the first to attack but he seemed to lack power, perhaps due to being involved in a mass crash early in the stage. When he was caught, Quintana had a go, with the Movistar living up to their promise of being more aggressive. However both seemed to pay for their efforts when the race exploded in the final two kilometres.

Dumoulin started the shake down and he tried to hit out early and perhaps open a gap on the more explosive climbers as the gradient hit double figures. He got a gap and put many of his rivals in trouble. Dumoulin was the first under the red kite indicating the final kilometre but behind him Froome mounted a serious chase and closed the gap, with Rodriguez on his wheel.

The Spaniard looked strong and determined after ordering his Katusha teammates to work all day and hearing that his father had covered the road with his ‘Purito’ nickname. However Froome and Dumoulin were even stronger. Froome hit out alone, dropping his two rivals and could see the finish ahead of him. However the steep gradient turned the action into slow motion and made every pedal stroke painful.

Froome lacked power but Dumoulin found some thing extra by getting out of the saddle and stomping on the pedals. He closed the gap and got around Froome in time to hit the line first, win the stage and take the race lead. It was a perfect day for the big Dutchman.

Froome was disappointed to miss out on the win but praised Dumoulin. "I thought I had it there for a second but Dumoulin is showing incredible form in this race and hats off to him. He's a young rider with a bright future ahead of him," Froome said

"I don't think my attack was too far out. I gave it everything. I did try and ride more conservatively at the bottom to save something for an effort at the top if I had the legs. i'm just happy I was up there and didn't lose too much time today."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin4:09:55
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:02
3Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:05
4Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:16
5Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:18
6Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:20
7Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:00:31
9Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:33
10Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:34
11Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky0:00:49
12Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:55
13Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:00:56
14José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:59
15Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdgeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:08
17Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:01:14
18Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:18
19Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:21
20Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:31
21George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:37
22Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:48
23Rodolfo Torres (Col) Colombia0:01:52
24Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Romain Sicard (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 25 - Cell 2
27Larry Warbasse (USA) IAM CyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:06
29Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 28 - Cell 2
30Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing0:02:16
31Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida0:02:17
32Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:30
33Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:02:45
34Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:02:49
35Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 34 - Cell 2
36Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 36 - Cell 2
38Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:03:01
39Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:03
40Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 39 - Cell 2
41Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:21
42Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:13
43Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:25
44Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team KatushaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 45 - Cell 2
47Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 48 - Cell 2
50Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:43
51Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida0:04:54
52Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:13
54Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:05:14
55Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:05:39
56Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 55 - Cell 2
57Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia0:06:09
58Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 57 - Cell 2
59Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 58 - Cell 2
60Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 59 - Cell 2
61Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:06:12
62Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:13
63Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) ColombiaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 63 - Cell 2
65Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:06:55
67Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge0:07:05
68Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 67 - Cell 2
69Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) ColombiaRow 68 - Cell 2
70Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 69 - Cell 2
71Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - QhubekaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 72 - Cell 2
74Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 73 - Cell 2
75Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:07:39
78Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:07:49
79Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits