To win a stage of the Tour de France, on any terrain, is a huge achievement – the pinnacle of almost any professional cyclist’s career. To win in the mountains, takes grit and a climbing ability most can only dream of. To win in Andorra, atop Arcalis at the end of a truly gruelling mountain stage in the Pyrenees, is another level again.
Tom Dumoulin reached that level on stage nine of the 2016 Tour de France, winning from the breakaway at the highest summit finish of this year’s race as the peloton crossed into the mountainous Pyrenean principality.
For Giant-Alpecin, it was perfect timing – with new title sponsors Sunweb being officially confirmed during the following day’s rest day. A gift for the squad’s new backers.