Tom Dumoulin's Giro d'Italia rivals say he's racing to win after mountain test

Team insiders and Giro d'Italia rivals say that Tom Dumoulin is racing to win, and that he's now one of the leading contenders in the race

Tom Dumoulin on stage six of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) is in Italy to win the 2016 Giro d'Italia, say his top rivals and insiders after he rode away and gained more time on the overall favourites in the race's first summit finish to Roccaraso today.

Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) won the stage solo. Dumoulin attacked around the final three kilometres of the climb to Roccaraso climb in Abruzzo and gained seven seconds on Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) and 21 over top favourite Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.