In case you somehow missed it, Tom Dumoulin took one of the most dramatic Grand Tour victories in recent memory at the 2017 Giro d’Italia, snatching the overall victory from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in the final day time trial in Milan.
The pair had tussled for the lead throughout much of the three weeks with Quintana unable to put enough time on the final mountain stages ahead of the final stage time trial, which consisted of a 29.3km course (which Dumoulin describes as “quite an ugly course”).
The Dutchman went into the final day with a 51 second deficit to his Colombian rival, and was favourite to overturn that gap on the predominantly flat course, and with good reason. As one of the world’s best time triallists, Dumoulin had put almost three minutes into the diminutive climber on the stage 10 time trial earlier in the race, with Quintana needing a miracle to hold him off from taking the maglia rosa on the final day.
Ahead of the race this year, Dumoulin sat down with his Sunweb team to relive the emotions of the final day from last year, including the nerves of the pre-TT build-up, to the agonising wait for Quintana to finish his run and confirm him as champion.
While Quintana heads to the Tour de France this year in search of a Grand Tour win, Dumoulin will return to the Giro this week to take on the likes of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) as he aims to defend his title.