2017 Giro d'Italia

Stage 14: Castellania to Oropa

This short and very intense stage, featuring the initial perfectly flat 120km, runs across the Po Plain and reaches Biella, where a steep climb heads to the finish. Oropa is the Montagna Pantani, in memory of his feat in 1999. The final climb measures 11.8km in length at an average gradient over 7 percent, topping 13 percent halfway through the ascent.

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Dumoulin denies Quintana to win Giro 14th stage

OROPA, Italy (AFP) — With the sharks circling, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin further underlined his Giro d’Italia victory ambitions by stunning Colombian rival Nairo Quintana to claim victory on Saturday’s 14th stage.

“This is really incredible. I’m super, super happy,” said Dumoulin, who attacked his Movistar rival inside the final two kilometres of an 11.8km climb to the summit finish at Oropa to take his overall lead over the Colombian to 2 minutes 47 seconds.

Stage 14 results, top 10

  • 1. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, in 3:02:34
  • 2. Ilnur ZAKARIN, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :03
  • 3. Mikel LANDA MEANA, TEAM SKY, at :09
  • 4. Nairo QUINTANA, MOVISTAR, at :14
  • 5. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at :35
  • 6. Adam YATES, ORICA-SCOTT, at :41
  • 7. Vincenzo NIBALI, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at :43
  • 8. Franco PELLIZOTTI, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at :43
  • 9. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :46
  • 10. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA, at :46

General classification, top 10

  • 1. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, in 59:31:17
  • 2. Nairo QUINTANA, MOVISTAR, at 2:47
  • 3. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at 3:25
  • 4. Vincenzo NIBALI, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 3:40
  • 5. Ilnur ZAKARIN, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 4:24
  • 6. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 4:32
  • 7. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA, at 4:55
  • 8. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:59
  • 9. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 5:28
  • 10. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR , at 5:36

Dumoulin, who has never won a three-week grand tour, had pushed 2014 champion Quintana down to second overall at 2:23 following a crushing win in the 10th stage time-trial on Tuesday.

It left Quintana needing to chip away at his deficit on his preferred terrain of the climbs.

But despite a couple of impressive attacks that appeared to set him up for his second stage win of this 100th edition, following his victory at Blockhaus on stage nine, Quintana was never able to open up a gap of more than 10 seconds on the big Dutchman.

As Quintana struggled to open up a decisive lead, Dumoulin sat in the saddle driving a four-man chase group whose persistence eventually reeled Quintana in with two kilometres to go.

By then, the road had levelled out and the Dutchman finally got out the saddle to overtake Quintana on his way to his second victory of this year’s race and third overall.

The bonus seconds on offer at the finish meant Dumoulin, who has rejected comparisons to former five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain, increased his lead on Quintana to 2:47.

Asked if he was now the man to beat on the race, he said: “So far, maybe.”

Speaking minutes after his arrival, Quintana said: “Today we saw how strong Tom Dumoulin really is. Above all, the way he was able to come back when I attacked.”

But with the toughest climbs on the horizon starting from Tuesday’s 222km 16th stage from Rovetta to Bormio, Dumoulin added: “We haven’t done even half of the climbs of this Giro.

“The climbs in the last week will make it very hard … but this day they won’t take away from me.

“Now, I have an even bigger advantage. It’s a really nice advantage. but we can’t sit back and relax. We have to stay really focused and then we’ll see what happens in the next week.”

Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Birthplace of a legend ...
Stage 14 of the 100th Giro d’Italia kicked off in Castellania — the birthplace of Italian cycling legend Fausto Coppi, who died in 1960. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Mikel Landa ...
At more than 44 minutes back on GC, there will be no overall podium for 2015 third-place Giro finisher Mikel Landa. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: And they're off ...
A total of 183 riders started the 131-kilometre 14th stage from Castellania to the hilltop finish at Oropa. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: In memory of ...
A roadside memorial to fallen Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt, who tragically died during 2011 Giro d’Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Coppi commemorative ...
One of many illustrations honouring five-time Giro champion Fausto Coppi throughout the stage 14 parcour in Castellania. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Italian pride ...
Fans greet the remaining cyclist as they enter the third and final week of racing at the centenary edition of the Giro d’Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: The plain ...
After leaving Castellania, the route cuts across Vercelli and the surrounding plain. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Caleb Ewan
Although all the true sprint stages are behind him, Australian sprinter and stage 7 winner Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) continued on toward the finish of stage 14. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Up, up and away ...
The final 11km stretch of the route featured climbing all the way to the sanctuary, beginning just past Biella. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: The fight begins ...
The final few kilometers were hot and heavy with a quartet of contenders, including the maglia rosa, all vying for the stage win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Closing in ...
Russian Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) rounds the final turn on the cobbles toward the finish just ahead of race leader Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: End in sight ...
Ilnur Zakarin desperately trying to shake Tom Dumoulin off his back wheel with the finish line 100 meters and closing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: And the winner is ...
Race leader Tom Dumoulin and Ilnur Zakarin battle to the end for the stage 14 victory at Opora. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Tom Dumoulin ...
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin refused to be denied as he claims stage 14 and tightens his grip on the maglia rosa. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Ilnur Zakarin ...
Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin is forced to settle for second place, which takes him from 10th on GC to fifth overall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Mikel Landa ...
Spain’s Mikel Landa (Team Sky) bravely held on to third, but remains 44 minutes 10 seconds back on GC in 42nd place. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Nairo Quintana ...
A dejected Nairo Quintana (Movistar) crossed the line in fourth position (+0:14) after a failed attempt to take time on overall leader and stage 14 winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) on Saturday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Thibaut Pinot ...
Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) finished fifth on the day 35 seconds back and moves up a spot to third on GC (+3:25). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Adam Yates ...
Briton Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) bravely fought on with a sixth-place finish despite a freak stage 9 incident with a parked motorbike derailing his GC hopes. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 14: Maglia Rosa ...
Overall leader Tom Dumoulin is in the driver’s seat at the moment with seven stages remaining in the final week of racing at the 2017 Giro d’Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com