Dumoulin's Vuelta performance has the Dutch dreaming of Tour de France glory

Tom Dumoulin was the surprise leader of the Vuelta a España after 19 stages, leading the Dutch fans to start dreaming of their first Grand Tour winner since 1980

Tom Dumoulin looks happy in the leader's jersey before the start of Stage 10 of the 2015 Vuelta a Espana (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Tom Dumoulin lost the lead and fell to sixth overall yesterday in the Vuelta a España, but Dumoulin-mania swept The Netherlands over the last three weeks. With the race closing in Madrid on Sunday, the talk at home is about whether the 24-year-old could perhaps contend for the Tour de France.

Had Giant-Alpecin's Maastricht native won the Vuelta, he would have been the third grand tour winner from the Netherlands.

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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.