International Cycling

Dumoulin dominates time trial, grabs Vuelta lead

2015-09-09 18:19
Tom Dumoulin (File)

Burgos - Dutchman Tom Dumoulin moved into pole position to claim his first Grand Tour title at Spain's Vuelta by storming to victory in Wednesday's time-trial to move into the overall lead by three seconds.

Dumoulin posted a best time of 46min 01sec to take the 38.7km 17th stage around Burgos by over a minute from Poland's Maciej Bodnar and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.

Italian Fabio Aru moved into second in the general classification, but Joaquim Rodriguez's dreams of winning the race on home soil appear over as he dropped back to third overall, 1min 15sec behind Dumoulin.

"To win by a minute is amazing. I was hoping also for the stage win and to get the red jersey, but it is amazing that it works out," Dumoulin told Eurosport.

"It is only three seconds on Aru so I'm a little bit worried, but I am just going to celebrate this with the team first and then think about the other stages."

Dumoulin is a time-trial specialist having finished third in the world championships last year, but had shown his abilities as a complete rider to manage to limit the distance between he and overnight leader Rodriguez to just 1min 51sec after nine mountain finishes.

Indeed, the 24-year-old's victory is his second stage win of the race after claiming stage nine on a summit finish ahead of Tour de France winner Chris Froome and he believes he can hold onto the leader's red jersey until Sunday's final stage in Madrid.

"It's definitely possible (to win)," added Dumoulin.

"It is going to be very stressful, but I guess that is the same for everyone.

"For me this Vuelta has been a success already, who could have thought I would be in the red jersey in the third week with two stage wins in my pocket? I will try to defend it and we will see."

Aru remains very much in the hunt for his first Grand Tour win after impressively limiting the damage done to just three seconds with four stages remaining.

The Astana rider is hoping to go one better than his second place to Alberto Contador at the Giro d'Italia earlier this year when the nearly three minutes he lost to the Spaniard in the time- trial proved decisive.

"There are still four stages remaining and the difference isn't that much so it is still to be decided," said Aru.

"I have to go for it, particularly in the three stages before Madrid."

The race continues with a 204km ride from Roa to Riaza on Thursday.

Read more on:    tom dumoulin  |  cycling


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.