The individual time trial is perfectly flat in the first part, wavy in the second part, and on mostly flat ground in the final part. At the halfway mark, after a short steep climb, the route runs on a wide downhill road. There are two intermediate time checks. The finish is by the walls of the medieval village of Montefalco.
Stage 10: Dumoulin destroys Quintana in Giro TT
MONTEFALCO, Italy (AFP) — Tom Dumoulin took a commanding victory in the Giro d’Italia’s stage 10 time trial on Tuesday. He snatched the race leader’s pink jersey from Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in Montefalco, Italy. The Dutch time trial champion flew over the rolling, 39.8km course in the Sagrantino wine-growing region, averaging 47.178kph.
“I expected to take time to Quintana for sure. This much, you never know how much, depends on the day, today I had a good one. I was fighting all the way to the line,” said Team Sunweb’s Dumoulin. “Looking at the results I’ve had a good race. But I was fighting with myself and I actually didn’t feel good. In the last time trials I did I kind of gave up and I was disappointed afterwards. So today I never gave up.”
Top-10, stage 10
- 1. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, in 50:37
- 2. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at :49
- 3. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :56
- 4. Luis León SANCHEZ, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:40
- 5. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 2:00
- 6. Vincenzo NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:07
- 7. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:13
- 8. Jan TRATNIK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 2:13
- 9. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:15
- 10. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:16
- 1. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, in 42:57:16
- 2. Nairo QUINTANA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:23
- 3. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:38
- 4. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at 2:40
- 5. Vincenzo NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:47
- 6. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 3:56
- 7. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:05
- 8. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 4:17
- 9. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:39
- 10. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 5:19
Former world time trial champion Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) set the best time early despite crashing in a sharp corner just before the finish. The Belarusian’s time didn’t stay at the top of the leaderboard for long. Astana’s Luis Leon Sanchez came home 20 seconds ahead.
Another Sky rider, Geraint Thomas, beat Sanchez’s early mark by 51 seconds. It was a bit of vindication for the Welshman who was felled by a crash in stage 9.
GC favorites Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) were a bit off the pace at the 28km time check. Nibali trailed Thomas by 1:02. Pinot was 1:42 behind at that mark.
Dumoulin, however, consistently knocked down the fastest early splits, beating Thomas to the 28 kilometer mark by 28 seconds.
Starting last in the order, wearing pink, Quintana struggled in the first half of the race. “I lost more than I hoped. Tom Dumoulin is a specialist. I had pretty good sensations, but Tom was very good today,” Quintana said. “The wind was really blowing out there today. Now we will have to look for a strategy on how we can take back the maglia rosa.”
“It’s a nice gap to go into the mountains,” Dumoulin added. “Nairo Quintana showed in Blockhaus he is the favorite, with this third week so much can happen — this is in the pocket, I’m really happy: We have the victory now, pink jersey, so it’s a happy day.”
After two stages of heated competition, the GC race should cool off until Saturday when stage 14 finishes atop Oropa. Wednesday’s stage 11 will be a lumpy 161km run from Firenze to Bagno di Romagna, perhaps suited for a breakaway.