Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin has won the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Dutchman showed his climbing strength during the ascent to Oropa and crossed the finish line just before Ilnur Zakarin and Mikel Landa.
The stage took place between the comune of Castellania and Oropa (Biella) in the north of the country. The first part of the day featured a flat stretch of 120 kilometers across the Po Valley, and in the first 30 kilometers Sergey Lagutin (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Daniel Martinez (Wilier-Selle) and Natnael Berhane (Dimension-Data) escaped and remained at the front during most of the stage.
The trio managed to create a gap of more than two minutes with the bunch and were caught with 17 kilometers to go, very close to the start of the big climb of the day.
The only climb of the stage reached gradients between 7% and 13% on a stretch of 11 kilometers. Trek-Segafredo were the first team to lead the peloton and set the pace just ahead of the start of the climb.
Soon into the first kilometers of the Oropa, Movistar made a move and started setting a high pace, leaving some riders behind. At 8 kilometers from the finish, Diego Rosa (Team Sky) only to be reeled in some kilometers later by a peloton still led by Movistar.
The next kilometers showed attacks by riders like Igor Anton (Dimension Data), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) who were followed by some favorites like Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida).
Quintana managed to create a gap, but Dumoulin defended his position in a group that included Mikel Landa (Sky), Yates, Zakarin and Nibali. With a little more than one kilometer to go, Dumoulin showed his strength and attacked, leaving Nibali struggling behind the group.
Zakarin tried to take the lead during the last kilometer but the Dutchman showed that he still had some energy left and overtook him in the last meters, winning the stage and taking the bonification seconds. Zakarin and Landa followed him closely at the finish line.
Quintana couldn’t stand the speed of his companions and arrived 14” after Dumoulin losing 24 seconds in the General Classification.