Nationality: Dutch
Date of birth: November 11, 1990
Height: 186cm
Weight: 71kg
Team: Sunweb

Tom Dumoulin cemented his place as a Grand Tour contender, taking the lead of the 2017 Giro d’Italia following a powerful performance in the stage ten time trial.

Dumoulin lost valuable time during stage 16, when a nature break forced him to stop before the final climb, where a group of GC contenders followed an attack and distanced themselves – making him a lone chaser. However he maintained the pink jersey until stage 19, where he lost it to Nairo Quintana (Movistar) – but his time trial performance on the final stage was enough for him to win the general classification.

He headed into the race – whose route contains more time trial kilometres than the Tour de France – targeting a ‘significant’ position on GC. However, he also made it clear that he couldn’t be operating at anything less than 100 per cent if he was to secure a place on the podium amongst the tough competition.

The Dutchman’s time trial and climbing ability has drawn comparisons with 2012 Tour/Oympic winner Bradley Wiggins, and Dumoulin himself has said that he has been inspired by the Briton’s performance.

Having steadily built up a solid selection of results, Dumoulin’s breakout season came in 2015. After disappointingly crashing out of the Tour de France on stage three, Dumoulin went on to give a stand-out performance in the 2015 Vuelta a España, winning two stages of the race and only dropping out of the lead on the penultimate day.

The Dutch rider has collected a host of Grand Tour time trial wins, including the opening time trial stage of the 2016 Giro d’Italia at home in the Netherlands, stages 9 and 13 of the Tour de France (both ITT). He was also second in the 2016 Rio Olympics, behind Fabian Cancellara, who Chris Froome called ‘unbeatable’.