Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin took the victory at stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia, with an advantage that awards the German formation of Team Sunweb with the Maglia Rosa for the second consecutive year.
After an impressive performance on the gruelling ascent of the Blockhaus on Sunday, Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin started the individual time trial today as one of the pre-race favourites. Dumoulin got off to a powerful start on his Giant Trinity reaching the first intermediate checkpoint 18 seconds quicker than the fastest time set. The Dutch time trial champion made every pedal stroke look easy as he continued to fly along the course, using every millimetre of the road as he went. Upon arrival at the second intermediate time-check, Dumoulin clocked in 36 seconds faster than his closest stage rival at 33 minutes and 24 seconds, showing that Team Sunweb’s scientific approach to this discipline including the time spent in the wind tunnel at TU Delft University made a massive difference today. Dumoulin’s powerful time trial was a force to be reckoned with and after a furious sprint to the line, he finished the stage with a time of 50 minutes and 37 seconds, an impressive 49 seconds faster than his predecessor. The stage victory means that Dumoulin goes into the lead in the general classification with a lead of 2 minutes and 23 seconds.
After his victory Dumoulin said: “Before I started the stage I actually didn’t have a good feeling but now I see the result I realise that wasn’t the case. Today I didn’t give up, I fought with myself until the end and gave it all that I had. Its nice to go into the mountains with a good advantage but like the Vuelta showed me, you can loose everything in one day. We have some really tough stages coming up and it’s still a long way to go.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “Tom did a splendid time trial, he had a tremendous amount of pressure and there were a lot of expectations. The whole day went really smoothly and we are all incredibly proud. This is a great moment for the team, and to have the jersey for two years in a row makes it extra special. We are looking forward to doing the jersey proud tomorrow.”