210km of racing was covered at what is dubbed the ‘Muri’ stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. The days real difficulties featured a series of short, steep climbs – it is this part of the course that gives the stage is ‘wall’ label. An early breakaway went clear after 30km and 11 riders went on to take a four minute lead. A furious chase from the peloton saw the bunch make up ground on the breakaway and close the gap. As the race re-grouped, more riders continued their attempt to break free but nothing was to stick for too long. Tom Dumoulin and Søren Kragh Andersen were always present at the front of the peloton, watching out for any moves that might stick. In the end it came down to a battle between the best with Tom finishing in 7th place on the stage. He also moves up to 5th in the general classification and moved up to 5th in the general classification.
Tom Dumoulin said after the stage: “The team saved my day, at the beginning of the race I wasn’t feeling so good but the team kept me motivated and continued to fight to keep me in a good position. I was in the first group in the finale but I didn’t have the legs to sprint for the stage victory.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek was happy with how the team raced today. He said: “I am proud of the team, it was a difficult day for Tom and the guys did a really great job supporting him. We are very much in the race for a good GC result for Tom and over the next few days we will remain focused on that.”