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Giro d’Italia 2017: Tom Dumoulin extends lead with stage 14 victory

Dutchman wins on Oropa climb; Adam Yates moves up after sixth-placed finish

Maglia rosa Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) extended his lead over his GC rivals after powering to stage victory on the summit finish at Oropa.

Dumoulin outgunned Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) to claim ten valuable bonus seconds, after Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was unable to distance the Dutchman on the ascent.

Quintana eventually finished fourth, 14 seconds behind the pink jersey, and now trails Dumoulin by 2’47” overall.

Britain’s Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) stormed back into contention for a place in the top ten overall and the white jersey meanwhile, after finishing sixth – the 24-year-old now trails Bob Jungels (QuickStep Floors) by 2’15” in the youth classification.

Tom Dumoulin extended his overall lead with his second stage win of this year’s race (pic – Sirotti)

Though the bulk of the action was reserved for the slopes of Oropa, the earlier part of the stage was animated by a three-man break, with Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data), Sergey Lagutin (GazProm-RusVelo) and Daniel Martinez (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) belatedly going clear.

Their gap was never significant, however, and the GC teams were happy to power the bunch and set-up their team leaders for the climb.

The break was swallowed up with 18km still to ride, and Bahrain-Merida, Trek-Segafredo and Movistar all planted men on the front, with Dumoulin’s Sunweb team-mates at close quarters.

Movistar’s pace-setting actually forced a gap at the front, with Jose Joaquin Rojas and Gorka Izaguirre inadvertently going clear, and Diego Rosa (Team Sky) took advantage to bridge across and power on.

Recumbent King of the Mountains Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) was one of the highest-profile victims of the high tempo, while Rosa’s move proved short-lived.

Quintana finally made his move with four kilometres to ride, and Zakarin followed the Colombian.

Dumoulin was initially slow to respond, but led a small counter-attack across before Quintana accelerated again.

Adam Yates finished sixth to close back in on the top ten overall (pic – Sirotti)

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Zakarin, Yates and Landa followed the Dutchman, and the gap to Quintana soon came down until Dumoulin caught and passed him.

Quintana, Zakarin and Landa initially got back on to his wheel, but Dumoulin’s steady rhythm eventually saw the Colombian lose contact.

Zakarin attacked just 200m shy of the summit, but Dumoulin responded well again to catch the Russian, and storm to his second stage win of this year’s race.

Giro d’Italia 2017: stage 14 – result

1) Tom Dumoulin (NED) – Team Sunweb – 3.02.34hrs
2) Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) – Katusha-Alpecin +3”
3) Mikel Landa (ESP) – Team Sky +9”
4) Nairo Quintana (COL) – Movistar +14”
5) Thibaut Pinot (FRA) – FDJ +35”
6) Adam Yates (GBR) – Orica-Scott +41”
7) Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) – Bahrain-Merida +43”
8) Franco Pellizotti (ITA) – Bahrain-Merida – ST
9) Steven Kruijswijk (NED) – LottoNL-Jumbo +46”
10) Tanel Kangert (EST) – Astana – ST

General classification

1) Tom Dumoulin (NED) – Team Sunweb – 59.31.17hrs
2) Nairo Quintana (COL) – Movistar +2.47
3) Thibaut Pinot (FRA) – FDJ +3.25
4) Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) – Bahrain-Merida +3.40
5) Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) – Katusha-Alpecin +4.24
6) Bauke Mollema (NED) – Trek-Segafredo +4.32
7) Tanel Kangert (EST) – Astana +4.55
8) Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) – Ag2r-La Mondiale +4.59
9) Bob Jungels (LUX) – QuickStep Floors +5.28
10) Andrey Amador (CRC) – Movistar +5.36
Selected others
13) Adam Yates (GBR) – Orica-Scott +7.43

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