'It was even harder than I expected': Tom Dumoulin satisfied despite time losses on Giro d'Italia stage 14

Dumoulin lost 37 seconds to Simon Yates in the GC on Monte Zoncolan, but says he's satisfied with his ride on the 'brutal' climb

Tom Dumoulin on stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), the defending Giro d'Italia champion, survived the Monte Zoncolan climb without too much time loss but admits it was the hardest climb in his life.

Dumoulin had not previewed the steep ramps in Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. The Dutchman was caught off guard with the closing climb to stage 14 where Chris Froome (Sky) ruled, claiming his first stage win in the Giro d'Italia.

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