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Tom Dumoulin's Giro d'Italia 2016

27th May 2016

Tom Dumoulin in pink at the Giro d'Italia 2016

Tom Dumoulin in pink during the Giro d'Italia 2016, by Simone Bandener, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Tom Dumoulin abandoned the Giro d'Italia 2016 part-way through Stage 11, suffering from saddle sores according to Cycling Weekly. His name is on Giant Alpecin's long list for the Tour de France, but his main objective this season is the Olympic time trial in Rio.

The start of the Giro was nevertheless very successful for Dumoulin. He won the opening time trial in Apeldoorn, by a few tenths of a second from Primoz Roglic:

Dumoulin retained the overall lead after Kittel won Stage 2 in a sprint, but another Kittel win in Arnhem on Stage 3 saw the German pick up a time bonus that took him into the pink leader's jersey. 

On Stage 4, Kittel was several minutes down, and Dumoulin went back into the race lead by virtue of his second place. He stayed in pink following a Greipel sprint victory on Stage 5, and extended his lead with a fourth place on Stage 6:

Greipel won another sprint on Stage 7, and Dumoulin kept his lead. Things started to go wrong for Dumoulin on Stage 8, when he lost time on the climb of the Alpe di Poti, finishing 2min51 down on the stage, and Gianluca Brambilla took the race lead. Dumoulin could only finish fifteenth on the Stage 9 time trial, and he lost 13 minutes on Stage 10 to Sestola. Perhaps it was no surprise when he abandoned on Stage 11.

Dumoulin extends contract at Giant Alpecin

16th October 2015

Tom Dumoulin has extended his contract at Giant Alpecin, and will stay with the team for the next three seasons. He says he thought carefully about his future, and couldn't see what extra another team could offer him compared to Giant Alpecin. Read more about Dumoulin extends contract with Giant Alpecin...

Dumoulin voted Dutch cyclist of the year

5th December 2015

Tom Dumoulin was voted cyclist of the year in the Netherlands, according to NOS.nl. He won the Gerrit Schulte trophy for the second year running, largely thanks to his performance in the Vuelta a Espana. He also won a time trial in the Tour of the Basque country, and two stages of the Tour of Switzerland, where he was third overall.

Dumoulin said the he deserved to win the prize. He felt that his best moment was the uphill stage win in Spain when he beat Chris Froome. 'I think back to that quite often. I'm certainly going to go back to that place where I won that race when we're in the area in December for a training camp.'

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