Tom Dumoulin put in a strong performance on the penultimate stage of racing at Tirreno-Adriatico to secure his 5th placing in the general classification. The stage saw an 8 man breakaway go clear almost as soon as the flag dropped, but the peloton always kept them within their reach.
The penultimate day of racing at Tirreno-Adriatico was a quiet stage of action, with the days main focus on a breakaway that was at maximum, 3 minutes ahead of the race. As the race reached the final quarter, the showdown began as teams made their presence known at the front of the peloton protecting their GC riders. It looked like the breakaway might ruin the chances of the sprinters, and with 10km to go the battle really began as the race saw various splits to the bunch and riders attacking to bridge across to the leaders. Team Sunweb were caught behind a split and and missed out on a top 10 on the stage, but the team’s efforts further secured Tom Dumoulin’s 5th placing in the general classification.
After the stage Tom said: “It was a dangerous final and I wanted to be in front through the last corner, the guys delivered me perfectly and kept me safe which was the most important thing today.”
“The focus throughout the whole day was Tom,” said Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek. “We knew that the final was dangerous so everybody was focused on bringing Tom to a good position through to the final. In the end he got through the last corner in 12th position but unfortunately the gap was in front of him and he wasn’t able to go. Once again it was a super job from the whole team to keep Tom safe today.”