Dumoulin was in a class of his own, powering his next-generation Trinity time trial bike to a convincing win over his GC rivals. Cor Vos photo.

Dumoulin Flies Back Into Vuelta Lead!

9 rujna 2015

Team Giant-Alpecin rider Tom Dumoulin won the pivotal Stage 17 at the Vuelta a España Wednesday, regaining the overall lead of the three-week grand tour with four days left until the finish.

Dumoulin took over the red leader’s jersey for the third time in this year’s Vuelta in dramatic style, blitzing the 38.7km course in Burgos on a new, next-generation Giant Trinity time trial bike with a ride that was more than a minute faster than second-place finisher Maciej Bodnar.

Dumoulin started the day in fourth place overall, 1:51 behind GF leader Joaquim Rodriguez. The 24-year-old Dutchman cashed in on his time trialing prowess, averaging 50.5 kph riding the new Trinity and wearing a custom Giant Rivet TT helmet. He beat Rodriguez by more than three minutes to seize the GC lead. Dumoulin now leads Italian Fabio Aru, who finished the TT 10th, 1:53 down on Dumoulin’s time, by 3 seconds in the GC standings.

Dumoulin, known to most as a time trial specialist before this year’s Vuelta, emerged as an overall GC threat when he won Stage 9 last week, beating some of the world’s top climbers on the steep Alto de Puig Llorença climb to the finish. Since then, the 2014 Dutch time trial champion has battled in the mountains to hold his position near the front of the GC standings, giving up the red leader’s jersey but staying in contention.

Now Dumoulin and his Team Giant-Alpecin squad will face the challenge of defending the jersey. Four stages remain, and rivals including Aru, Rodriguez and Majka are expected to be aggressive over the final stages into Madrid.