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Dumoulin a Strong Second at Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2!


Team Sunweb rider Tom Dumoulin had a strong second-place finish Thursday at the Tirreno Adriatico stage race in Italy. The team’s GC leader was impressive in the hilly closing kilometers of the 228km Stage 2 from Camaiore to Pomarance, riding aggressively on his TCR Advanced SL and gaining time in the general classification of the weeklong stage race.

“The focus was to place Tom in good position on the last two climbs, which worked out really well,” said Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek. “He put in a huge effort to take second place and we are all happy with the result.”

After a six-man breakaway was caught by the main peloton with about 25km to go, a flurry of attacks took place in the final kilometers. British rider Geraint Thomas finally went clear with about 5km to go. He built up a lead over the chasers, and with just under 1km to go, Dumoulin showed his power as he set off on his own in pursuit of Thomas.

“I didn’t feel great in the beginning of the stage so I wasn’t so sure how the day would plan out,” Dumoulin said. “In the final kilometers I was a little bit hesitant to make a move, which probably cost me a lot. I wanted to attack but I decided to wait and that’s why I missed the winning move. In the end I was too late to reach Geraint but it’s good to be up there and I’m pleased to take second.”

The Dutchman moved up in the GC and now sits 16th overall, 49 seconds behind Belgian Greg Van Avermaet who leads after two stages. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017