Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia saw a major battle for the general classification, and Team Sunweb rider Tom Dumoulin put up a strong fight to finish an impressive second in the 156km stage from Assisi to Osimo.
Matching the attacks in the final kilometers, which tested riders with some steep climbs, Dumoulin powered his TCR Advanced SL team bike to finish 2 seconds behind stage winner and GC leader Simon Yates, remaining second overall while some other key contenders lost big chunks of time.
“I wasn’t good enough for the win, but I’m super satisfied,” said Dumoulin. “The legs were a bit painful at the beginning, but I think everyone had that after yesterday. As the stage progressed, I felt much better.”
The defending Giro d’Italia champion wore the Giant Rev helmet on the hilly stage. His TCR Advanced SL bike also featured a Giant WheelSystem and next-generation cockpit components being developed in partnership between Giant and the team. The new components are recognizable by their #overachieve label.
The short, hilly Stage 11—which followed an action-packed Stage 10, the longest of this year’s Giro—got off to a hectic start with a flurry of attacks.
“Today was a short stage with a tough final and some steep climbs,” said Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef. “Our goal was to have control at the start and to bring Tom as good as possible into the final. He was in good position and reacted to an attack from Yates with 1.5 kilometer to go.”
Dumoulin's teammates again performed admirably, setting him up to contest the final showdown. Sam Oomen has been particularly strong over the past few stages, and sits 15th overall on GC after Stage 11.
In the end, Dumoulin was the only rider able to follow Yates’s attack, and after the finish he now sits second overall on GC, 47 seconds behind Yates. “I am feeling very good, this is my best result since [Stage 1 in] Jerusalem,” he said. “This coming weekend is going to be super hard and I will give my best to defend this position.”
The 101st Giro continues with Stage 12 on Thursday, a 214km race from Osimo to Imola. And this weekend sees two major mountain stages, including a summit finish atop the Zoncolan. The three-week grand tour will conclude in Rome on May 27.