Dumoulin at the 2018 Deutschland Tour
|Full name||Tom Dumoulin|
|Born||11 November 1990|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||69 kg (152 lb; 10 st 12 lb)|
|Current team||Team Sunweb|
|2011||Rabobank Continental Team|
Known for his time-trialing ability, Dumoulin excelled in climbing and is now seen and viewed by many as a climbing specialist. In 2017, he became the first male Dutch rider to win the Giro d'Italia and later that year, the World individual men's time trial Championships. Based on his recent performances in Grand Tours, Dumoulin is showing himself to be an elite general classification rider. In the 2016 Tour de France, he won two stages then finished 2nd to only Chris Froome on the final time trial. Then, in the Giro d'Italia, he won the 2017 edition and finished 2nd in 2018, the only rider inside a minute of Froome. He followed this up with a remarkably strong performance in the 2018 Tour de France, once again coming in 2nd place overall and claiming another Stage win on the only Individual Time Trial of the Tour.
Dumoulin was born in Maastricht, and grew up in the city near the Maas Boulevard, which used to host the finish of the Amstel Gold Race. Originally his ambition was to study medicine and become a doctor, but after not being offered a place at medical school he began a Health Sciences degree. Dumoulin did not enjoy classes and within a year he opted to pursue cycle racing for a year.
Dumoulin first made an impact in 2010, when he competed at the Grand Prix of Portugal, part of the UCI Under 23 Nations' Cup – Dumoulin won the race's opening time trial, despite never having ridden a time trial bicycle before, and went on to win the race overall. Later that year he won a time trial stage of the Girobio. He was due to ride for Cervélo TestTeam in 2011, however the team disbanded at the end of the 2010 season.
After riding for the Rabobank Continental Team in 2011, Dumoulin turned professional with the Dutch Project 1t4i team in 2012. Although he did not win any races in his first two seasons as a professional, he began to make his mark in major races, especially in time trials. He made his grand tour debut in 2012, riding the Vuelta a España.
In June, Dumoulin won the Dutch National Time Trial Championships. In September, he finished in second place at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec after surging ahead on the last climb but was passed by Simon Gerrans before the finish. Later that month he took a bronze medal in the UCI World Time Trial Championships, placing third behind Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin in Ponferrada, Spain.
Dumoulin started the 2015 season by finishing fourth overall at the Tour Down Under. He took his first success of the season by winning the final individual time trial on the Tour of the Basque Country. His second victory of the year came at the Tour de Suisse, where he won the prologue with a two-second advantage over Fabian Cancellara. He also won the closing stage of that race, a 38.4-kilometre (23.9-mile) time trial he covered at an average speed of 47.407 km/h (29.5 mph). In the Tour de France, Dumoulin was one of the favourites to take victory in the opening time trial on home soil in Utrecht, the Netherlands, but ultimately finished fourth. On stage 3, he was involved in a massive, high-speed crash and had to abandon the race.
Dumoulin recovered from his injuries to ride the Vuelta a España. On stage 2, he attacked on the final climb to Caminito del Rey and formed a group with Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), but was caught and passed by Esteban Chaves (Orica–GreenEDGE), who won the stage ahead of Dumoulin in second. On stage 5 there was a split in the peloton, and Chaves lost six seconds to Dumoulin, who took the race lead by 1 second. However, Chaves won stage 6 ahead of Dumoulin in third to re-take the leader's red jersey. Stage 9 was another first-category summit finish. There was a series of attacks on the early part of the climb, with many riders dropped from the lead group. Dumoulin eventually took a solo win in the stage, two seconds ahead of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and took back the red jersey as Chaves lost significant time. Froome had originally been dropped, but rode at a steady tempo and came close to winning the stage before Dumoulin outsprinted him in the final hundred metres.
After Froome crashed out on stage 11, Dumoulin limited his losses on the following mountain stages, as Fabio Aru (Astana) and Joaquim Rodríguez (Team Katusha) traded the race lead. On Stage 17, Dumoulin won the 38.1-kilometre (23.7-mile) individual time trial. He gained 1 minute and 53 seconds on Aru to take the red jersey by three seconds over Aru, with Rodríguez now 1 minute and 15 seconds back in third overall after losing over 3 minutes to Dumoulin on the stage. Dumoulin doubled his lead over Aru by gaining three seconds through an attack on stage 19's final cobbled climb, however he lost the race to Aru on stage 20, the Vuelta's last mountain stage, where Aru distanced Dumoulin on the third of the stage's four first-category climbs. Dumoulin lost almost four minutes to Aru and slipped down to sixth place in the general classification. In December, he won the Gerrit Schulte Trophy, the award for the best Dutch cyclist of the year.
He was named in the start list for the Giro d'Italia, where he won the opening time trial on home soil in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, to take the maglia rosa. On stage 8, Dumoulin lost the race lead after finishing 38th and losing 1 minute and 10 seconds to Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) in a hilly stage with portions of strade bianche (English: white roads) during the stage. He abandoned the race on stage 11.
Dumoulin also rode the Tour de France. He won stage 9 after attacking from a breakaway on the lower slopes of Arcalis in Andorra, and riding up the climb solo in torrential rain. Dumoulin also won stage 13, a 37.5-kilometre (23.3-mile) time trial over hilly terrain in windy conditions, by a margin of over a minute to Chris Froome in second place. Despite a broken wrist, he won the silver medal in the time trial at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, behind Fabian Cancellara.
2017: Giro d'Italia victory and World Time Trial ChampionEdit
Dumoulin's team announced in the winter that he would target the Giro d'Italia, held in May. On Stage 9, Dumoulin finished third on the summit finish at Blockhaus, finishing alongside Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 24 seconds down on the stage winner and new race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team). Dumoulin then won stage 10, a 39.8-kilometre (24.7-mile) individual time trial (ITT) from Foligno to Montefalco in a time of 50 minutes 37 seconds to take the overall race lead by 2 minutes and 23 seconds over Quintana. Dumoulin won Stage 14, which featured a mountain top finish at Santuario di Oropa to extend his lead over Quintana by a further 14 seconds. On Stage 16, Dumoulin experienced stomach problems and had to take a comfort break at the foot of the Umbrail Pass; none of the other contenders waited for Dumoulin and he finished more than two minutes down on stage winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain–Merida), keeping his race lead by just 31 seconds over Quintana. Dumoulin defended his lead until the stage 19 mountain finish in Piancavallo, where he crossed the line over a minute behind Quintana, the new race leader. Quintana would put fifteen more seconds into Dumoulin the following day on stage 20. However, Dumoulin's performance on stage 21, a 29-kilometre (18-mile) individual time trial in which he finished second, took him from fourth to first place in the general classification, becoming the first Dutch male cyclist to win the Giro and the first to win a Grand Tour since Joop Zoetemelk won the 1980 Tour de France.
As a result of his victory, he was appointed a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Limburgian by Merit. He also received the Honorary Gold Medal of the City of Maastricht.
To finish off his successful season, in September Dumoulin went on to win the individual time trial at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway, his first individual world championship victory. He also won the earlier team time trial championships in that event, as part of Team Sunweb.
Dumoulin entered the Giro d'Italia as the defending champion, and was considered one of the favourites for overall victory, along with Chris Froome (Team Sky), who had won the 2017 Tour de France and 2017 Vuelta a España and was therefore aiming to hold all Grand Tour titles simultaneously. Dumoulin won the opening 9.7-kilometre (6.0-mile) individual time trial in Jerusalem, beating Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) to victory by a margin of 2 seconds to take the race leader's Maglia Rosa for the third year in a row. Dennis took the race lead from Dumoulin on Stage 2, after picking up bonus seconds in an intermediate sprint. Dumoulin remained second overall behind Dennis until Stage 6, when Simon Yates (Mitchelton–Scott) attacked from the group of favourites 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles) from the summit of Mount Etna to take the race lead ahead of Dumoulin in second. Yates won stage 9 after accelerating away with 100 metres (330 feet) to go on the summit finish to Gran Sasso d'Italia, extending his lead over Dumoulin. Yates claimed his second stage victory on Stage 11, attacking with 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles) to go and holding off a pursuit by Dumoulin to win on hill top finish in Osimo to further increased his lead over Dumoulin  On Stage 14, Yates dropped Dumoulin to finish second behind solo winner Froome on Monte Zoncolan. With six bonus seconds for finishing second, Yates extended his overall advantage over Dumoulin to 1 minute and 24 seconds, whilst his gap over Froome was 3 minutes 10 seconds.
On the following stage, Yates rode away from Dumoulin and the other contenders to take a solo win on stage 15 to Sappada, after attacking with 18 kilometres (11 miles) remaining. This victory saw his lead over Dumoulin increase to 2 minutes and 11 seconds. On Stage 17, a 34.2-kilometre (21.3-mile) individual time trial from Trento to Rovereto, Dumoulin finished third behind Rohan Dennis, and reduced Yates' overall lead to 56 seconds, with Froome lying fourth, another 2 minutes and 56 seconds behind Dumoulin. On stage 18 to Prato Nevoso Yates appeared to crack on the final slopes of the summit finish and lost 28 seconds to Dumoulin and Froome. Stage 19 of the race had been classified as the 'queen stage' of the race, with three focused climbs in the latter half of the stage: the half paved-half gravel climb of the Colle delle Finestre, followed by the climb to Sestriere and the final uphill finish to Bardonecchia. Yates cracked on the lower slopes of the Finestre, putting Dumoulin in the virtual race lead, before Froome launched a solo attack further up the climb with 80 kilometres (50 miles) left of the stage. Froome's advantage grew throughout the second half of the stage, as Dumoulin gave chase in a group also containing Thibaut Pinot and Sébastien Reichenbach of Groupama–FDJ, Miguel Ángel López of Astana and Richard Carapaz of Movistar Team. Froome eventually took the stage victory by more than three minutes and thereby also taking the overall race lead, 40 seconds ahead of Dumoulin, who was attacked by the other riders on the final climb after having set the pace for much of the chase. In a post-stage interview, Dumoulin stated that there was nothing that he could have done to stop Froome. Dumoulin attacked Froome several times on Stage 20 but was unable to force a gap, and ultimately finished second overall behind Froome.
Following the Giro, Dumoulin confirmed his participation in the Tour de France, targeting a high general classification placing. On Stage 6, Dumoulin suffered a mechanical issue late in the stage in the run in to the finish at Mûr-de-Bretagne, which saw him lose time to the other contenders; he was also penalised 20 seconds for drafting behind his team car in his attempt to limit his time losses. On Stage 11 in the Alps, Dumoulin launched an attack on a descent with teammate Søren Kragh Andersen before pressing on alone on the final steep finishing climb to La Rosière, Savoie. Behind him, Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) attacked from the group of favourites, including his team mate Chris Froome, 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) from the finish and caught Dumoulin before attacking again in the final kilometre to distance Dumoulin, who was soon caught by Froome. Both Thomas, Dumoulin and Froome all passed lone breakaway rider Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton–Scott) in sight of the finish line, with Thomas taking the stage win and Dumoulin finishing second, 20 seconds behind. Thomas took the race leader's yellow jersey by 1 minute and 24 seconds over Froome, with Dumoulin third overall, 1 minute and 44 seconds behind Thomas.
On the following day, Stage 12, Dumoulin again finished second to Thomas, in a sprint finish at Alpe d'Huez. Thomas, Dumoulin and Froome arose as the likely contenders for overall victory in Paris. On Stage 17, the first of the three Pyrenean stages, a 65-kilometre (40-mile) stage to the summit of the Col de Portet, Thomas extended his lead by placing third behind stage winner Nairo Quintana of Movistar Team. Froome's challenge faded on the approach to the summit and he dropped to third position in the general classification, 2:31 behind Thomas. Dumoulin moved into second place, 1:59 off the lead. On the mountainous stage nineteen from Lourdes to Laruns, Primož Roglič of LottoNL–Jumbo attacked on the final climb, the Col d'Aubisque, and soloed to the finish nineteen seconds ahead of the chasing group of overall favourites. Thomas was able to consolidate his position in the yellow jersey by picking up six bonus seconds in the sprint thereby extending his lead over Dumoulin to 2 minutes, 5 seconds. The penultimate stage was a 31-kilometre (19-mile) time trial, Dumoulin won the stage, one second ahead of Froome. Dumoulin finished safely on Stage 21 to secure second place overall behind Thomas, his second successive second place in Grand Tours.
- 1st Overall Grand Prix du Portugal
- 1st Stage 3 (ITT)
- 1st Stage 8 (ITT) Girobio
- 7th Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
- 1st Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
- 3rd Overall Olympia's Tour
- 3rd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
- 8th Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
- 8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège Espoirs
- 5th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
- 5th Rund um Köln
- 6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
- 10th Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
- 10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
- 1st Mountains classification Vuelta a Andalucía
- National Road Championships
- 2nd Overall Eneco Tour
- 5th Overall Tour of Belgium
- 6th Overall Three Days of De Panne
- 6th Grand Prix de Wallonie
- 1st Time trial, National Road Championships
- 1st Stage 2 (ITT) Critérium International
- 2nd Overall Tour of Belgium
- 2nd Overall Tour of Alberta
- 2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
- 3rd Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
- 3rd Overall Eneco Tour
- 1st Points classification
- 1st Stage 3 (ITT)
- 5th Overall Tour de Suisse
- 6th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
- 1st Stage 6 (ITT) Tour of the Basque Country
- 3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
- 1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 9 (ITT)
- 4th Time trial, National Road Championships
- 4th Overall Tour Down Under
- 5th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
- 6th Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Stages 9 & 17 (ITT)
- Held after Stages 5, 9–10 & 17–19
- Held after Stages 9–14
- Combativity award Stage 17, 21 & Overall
- Tour de France
- 1st Time trial, National Road Championships
- Tour de France
- Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stage 1 (ITT)
- Held after Stages 1–2, 4–7
- Held after Stage 1
- 2nd Time trial, Olympic Games
- 3rd Overall Tour of Britain
- 4th Overall Tour of Oman
- 5th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 9th Overall Eneco Tour
- UCI Road World Championships
- 1st Time trial, National Road Championships
- 1st Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stages 10 (ITT) & 14
- Held after Stages 14–15
- 1st Overall BinckBank Tour
- 3rd UCI World Tour
- 3rd Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
- 4th Clásica de San Sebastián
- 5th Strade Bianche
- 6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- UCI Road World Championships
- 2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stage 1 (ITT)
- Held & after Stage 1
- 2nd Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 20 (ITT)
- 4th Overall Deutschland Tour
- 10th UCI World Tour
- 4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 6th Overall UAE Tour
General classification results timelineEdit
|Grand Tour general classification results timeline|
|Tour de France||—||41||33||DNF||DNF||—||2||—|
|Vuelta a España||DNF||—||—||6||—||—||—||—|
|Major stage race general classification results timeline|
|Volta a Catalunya||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Tour of the Basque Country||—||—||40||29||—||—||—||—|
|Tour de Romandie||—||68||—||—||5||—||—||—|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||DNF|
|Tour de Suisse||—||58||5||3||—||DNF||—||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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The Butterfly of Maastricht, a nickname gained in his junior years and one he doesn't particularly like, will be flapping hard on Wednesday.
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Pundits have estimated Yates will give away between 90 seconds and two minutes to Big Tommy McWindmills in the time trial on Tuesday.
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