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Dumoulin, riding the Trinity Advanced Pro and wearing his Rivet TT helmet, won the opening stage of the Giro by the narrowest of margins, just 0.22 seconds over the second-place finisher. Cor Vos photo.

Dumoulin Wins Giro Opener!

6 svibnja 2016

Team Giant-Alpecin rider Tom Dumoulin kicked off the first grand tour of the season in winning form, acing the Stage 1 time trial of the Giro d’Italia to take the win and the overall lead of the three-week stage race in Italy.

Dumoulin’s win on his Trinity Advanced Pro TT bike was even more special because it came on home soil. This year’s Giro opened in the town of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, and the 25-year-old Dutchman gave the home crowd something to cheer for.

“This is incredible, even better than I ever dreamed” said Dumoulin. "To win by such a small gap before this incredible home crowd is a very special feeling. For the upcoming stages we will try and defend this leader's position as long as possible. For sure, I will enjoy my day in the pink jersey tomorrow."

Wearing the Giant Rivet TT helmet, the Dutch time trial champion burned up the 9.8km course through the city with a time of 11:03, enough to edge out second-place finisher Primoz Roglic of Slovenia by a fraction of a second. With the win, Dumoulin donned the pink leader’s jersey and checked off a new milestone for the team, which has now worn the leader’s jersey in all three grand tours including the Giro, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.

Team Giant-Alpecin CEO Iwan Spekenbrink said Dumoulin’s win was especially important considering the setback the team faced over the winter, when an automobile struck and injured a handful of the team’s top riders while they were training in Spain.

“We all know where we come from in January, what a huge setback we had,” Spekenbrink said. “We said, OK we cannot change it, we have to accept it, we have to stay calm and keep on working. We said that when we get back we will be a little bit better, and I think this is confirmation of that.”

Dumoulin's teammate Tobias Ludvigsson also put in a strong ride, finishing fourth. The 25-year-old took over the white jersey for the best young rider classification. 

The Giro d’Italia continues with Stage 2 on Saturday, another day in the Netherlands on a mostly flat 190km race from Arnhem to Nijmegen.