Team Sunweb safely brought Tom Dumoulin home after the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia today, whilst the sprinters had another chance for victory.
After the first mountain showdown yesterday, the Giro d’Italia stayed on flatter ground for stage seven today. After numerous attacks were neutralised in the opening kilometres, three riders managed to jump clear of the peloton. Not allowing them much of an advantage, sprinter’s teams remained at the front of proceedings keeping their lead within the three minute marker throughout the day. Team Sunweb remained tucked in the bunch protecting Tom Dumoulin and seeing him safe to the line whilst the fast men fought it out for glory. Crossing the line in the bunch, Tom Dumoulin remains second overall at 16 seconds as we head towards another day of altitude metres tomorrow.
Tom said: “Today was a nice stage for us GC riders, things went relatively easy while the sprinter’s teams handled things in the bunch. The team looked after me well and I’m glad to cross the line safely for another day.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “Today was a flat stage of 159 kilometres. Our goal was protect Tom and the team did another really good job. Three riders went clear in the early kilometres and the sprint teams controlled things throughout the race. In the final we kept Tom safe and he came in around 30th position, losing no time on the stage.”