Monday, 29 May 2017 : Tom Dumoulin became the first Dutchman to win the Giro d’Italia after a time-trial masterclass on the final stage from Monza to Milan.
Stage 21 of the 100th Giro promised a tense finale, with just 53 seconds separating leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar), second-placed Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain–Merida), third-placed Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and fourth-placed Dumoulin (Team Sunweb).
Dumoulin, who is the first Dutchman to win a Grand Tour since Joop Zoetemelk won the Tour de France in 1980, said: “It’s really crazy. I cannot describe it with words. It’s incredible. It was such a nerve-wracking day. I was super-nervous from the beginning of the day. I needed to stay calm, but I almost couldn’t.
“But I did it. I had good legs and I just went for it. I spoke to my team director and he said, ‘Only if we’re sure, I’ll tell you not to take risks in the corners’, and he did it at halfway already, and I thought, ‘Oh man, this is early to say something like that’.
Pinot finished 1min 17sec in fourth, while Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) ended the race 1min 56sec down in fifth.
Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) won the best young rider’s white jersey after overhauling previous holder Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) in the time trial, while Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) safely negotiated the final stage to wrap up victory in the mountains and points classifications respectively.