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One in a Billion | Rise to the Summit
Giro d'Italia

Stages 20 & 21

Stage 20


I entered the last mountain stage knowing full well I might lose the Pink Jersey I have now held for 15 stages! The gap to 2nd place Nairo Quintana has reduced from nearly 5 minutes after stage 17 to 1'40" seconds after yesterday's stage! If ever there was a time to defend for my life, this was it.

The early break of eight were allowed a free run. They had built up a 20 minute lead by the second climb. On top of that climb, the quartet of Aru, Landa, Yates and Quintana made the first move. They did get a gap, but Mollema and others helped close the gap down. At the end of the descent, Nairo attacked again! He didn't succeed this time either. The lead group was now down to just fifty riders. I had two men as help. The GC leaders stayed together up the third climb as the break extended their lead. Dunbar atatcked with 10 km to go but was caught 3 km later. Nairo got a gap with 4 km to go. He increased it to 1'15" at its highest. I kept chasing and chasing, now on my own, till my I almost got back to him on the line. I finished 7th, losing 18 seconds to the Colombian.

Stage 21


I started this stage with a lead of 1'22". The five man break included Uran and Kennaugh. They got a eight minute lead. The peloton was down to just 45 riders on the sixth climb. We maintained a high pace from the fourth climb which ensured there were hardly any attacks. My climbing train did their job perfectly till the last climb. On that climb, Nairo and Landa attacked and my train couldn't pull them. I went after them alone, and with a little help from Yates, caught back to Quintana. Landa got away, taking nearly 30 seconds to the rest of us. This didn't change any positions at the top of the GC. I finished in the same group - in 4th place on the stage - as all my other GC rivals, and secured my first ever Grand Tour!!

General Classification

1 Abhishek Sinha Duvel
2 Nairo Quintana De Koninck + 1'22"

The last stage being such a drain on all of us, we couldn't even celebrate as we approached the line, half out of chasing my rivals, and half out of exhaustion. As I crossed the line and got off my bike, I was swamped with virtually every member of the extended team, who raised me on their shoulders and cheered wildly. A lot of hard work has gone into this victory, and we were making sure we enjoyed every last minute of it.

This was unreal!! I am now a Grand Tour champion! After seven and a half years of being a professional cyclist, one of my dreams has come true. To top it off, I beat my climbing idol, Nairo Quintana, to win it! I don't think I could've written a better script for myself. A lot of help from the team who put me into commanding positions all through the race, and then to defend my jersey in the last two days. They were a big part of my success. Let the celebrations begin!
What a historic moment!
Way to defend after a couple of rough stages, congratulations!



Yes! What a tactical masterpiece on the last 2 stages, holding on to every edge of possible resistance and taking the maglia rosa home. Congratulations my friend!
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Yes! You've done an incredible race, and now you get the reward. Your 1st GT, hopefully only the first of many to come Grin
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Wait... you broke the Dutch curse??? Pfft
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@dominox: Thanks Grin

@Aquarius: If this counts, then yes!
Leaving at the Top? - Duvel Retracts Sponshorship
-A La Gazzetta dello Sport Report
In a strange turn of events, just days after their first ever Grand Tour success, Duvel have announced that they won't be renewing their sponsorship of the team managed by Patrick Lefévère.

We were able to get a muted response from the team management regarding this announcement where they simply said they were caught off-guard. They are looking at options for a new sponsorship deal to take the team ahead.

While Giro winner Sinha still has another year left of his contract with the team, the contracts of Dumoulin and Barguil end this year. It is not clear at the moment where these riders will ride next season.

None of the riders were available for comment, with most of them heading off either to their home nations for the upcoming national championships, or to various preparation races for the Tour de France. The situation is likely to become clearer in the coming weeks.

Congratulations, a great victory, a bit of a shame that it happened after switching nationalities, though I think we can still call Sinha the first Indian (and Asian) GT champion!
Havent had time to follow this close - but huge congrat with the Giro win
@Ripley: Yeah it's kind of ironic, and a little sad! But I'll take that title Grin

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National Championships – Individual Time Trial


Four riders from Duvel were in the line-up for the Dutch national time trial; Dumoulin, Bosvelt, Mollema and myself. I was really feeling the pressure today, as this was a new experience. I didn't want to come across as having taken away the spot from someone more deserving.

The course was simple enough, just a long flat straight to the finish. I went on with my job in unspectacular fashion. I was one of the early starters and took provisional first place when I finished. I held on to that position for some time before being beaten by Sam Oomen. Few more of the late starters went faster and I ended up 7th. Dumoulin won and became the Dutch TT champion.


1Tom DumoulinDuvel38'03
2Sam OomenSwissair+ 55
3Steven LammertinkTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1'02
4Sieben WoutersContinental+ 1'07
5Paolo RoquesSwissairs.t.
6Wilco KeldermanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1'13
7Abhishek SinhaDuvel+ 1'15
8Timo RoosenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1'28
9Cees BolUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
10Gert-Jan TahyaStibo Systems+ 1'31

11Georges NijhuisTeam Europcar+ 1'35
12Tim RodenburgCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
13Adriaan JanssenSEG Racing+ 1'37
14Sjoerd BaxSuperior+ 1'39
15Niels GoereeTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1'42
16Brian Van GoethemNoordlease+ 1'44
17Jesper SchipperUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 1'45
18Sjors RoosenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1'48
19Jan Willem van LanenParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
20Bas TietemaContinental+ 1'57
21Arvid De KleijnUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 2'01
22Carlos GenesteNoordlease+ 2'04
23Ruud CremersRusVelos.t.
24Jasper HamelinkNAB+ 2'08
25Stef KrulTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 2'10
26Elmar ReindersCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
27Joey Van RheeBritish Academy+ 2'15
28Jesper AsselmanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2'17
29Mathieu van der PoelOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
30Bauke MollemaDuvel+ 2'21
31Koen BouwmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
32Peter KoningParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 2'23
33Stephan BakkerParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
34Bob SchoonbroodtSuperior+ 2'24
35Barry MarkusContinental+ 2'25
36Oscar RiesebeekGlanzstoff+ 2'26
37Oczan HenrichsCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 2'27
38Steven KruijswijkContinentals.t.
39Yoeri HavikAlcatel+ 2'29
40Mats BoeveStibo Systems+ 2'30
41Twan BrusselmanWilly Naessens+ 2'32
42Arturo MensahStibo Systems+ 2'37
43Coen VermeltfoortUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 2'38
44Floris GertsTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
45Dennis BakkerNew Zealand+ 2'39
46Jarno GmelichSuperior+ 2'41
47Derk Abel BeckeringhTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2'42
48Alje JoordensSEG Racings.t.
49Nick Van Der LijkeTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 2'43
50Lars BoomRusals.t.
51Bram De KortLa Botas.t.
52Martijn KeizerSEG Racings.t.
53Stef LarossiSEG Racing+ 2'44
54Martijn TusveldRusVelos.t.
55Mitchell CornelisseTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
56Maurits LammertinkCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 2'45
57Lars Van Der HaarContinentals.t.
58Jurgen van DiemenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2'46
59Riemer LeemansParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
60Djuric StreppelStibo Systems+ 2'47
61Carel WesterveldLa Bota+ 2'48
62Rune van der MeijdenNoordleases.t.
63Dennis Van WindenRusVelos.t.
64Taco Van Der HoornContinental+ 2'51
65Danny Van PoppelContinental+ 2'52
66Jasper OckeloenContinental+ 2'53
67Arthur BruurmijnLa Botas.t.
68Rick OttemaLa Bota+ 2'54
69Ronan Van ZandbeekSEG Racing+ 2'56
70Chris CorneliaLa Botas.t.
71Jelle WolsinkNoordlease+ 2'57
72Berden De VriesSEG Racings.t.
73Rick GoereeParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
74Marco BrusSEG Racing+ 2'59
75Jelle HernandezOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
76Piotr HavikTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
77Timon Van ReekNoordlease+ 3'00
78Dylan GroenewegenRusals.t.
79Marc GoosTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
80Robin AandewielParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 3'02
81Joris NieuwenhuisNew Zealand+ 3'03
82Nick Van Der MeerUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 3'04
83Bas KrauwelTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 3'05
84Pim LigthartMTN-Qhubekas.t.
85Julius van den BergAlcatel+ 3'07
86Rodney JansenStibo Systemss.t.
87Bobby ReizigerStibo Systems+ 3'08
88Hartthijs De VriesLa Bota+ 3'11
89Rudy LaamersSEG Racing+ 3'12
90Glenn KemperRusVelo+ 3'13
91Mousin De RegtGlanzstoff+ 3'14
92Melvin BoskampParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 3'17
93Serge HienschNew Zealands.t.
94Willem PletUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 3'18
95Davy GunstNoordlease+ 3'21
96Revy AmhaouchSwissair+ 3'24
97Ernest FerrierDe Jonge Renner+ 3'25
98Jeroen KorstenNoordlease+ 3'26
99Kobus HereijgersLa Bota+ 3'27
100Han MonkouLa Bota+ 3'28
101Simon SchramParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 3'33
102Aldo OoijerNoordleases.t.
103André LooijMTN-Qhubeka+ 3'34
104Michael VingerlingTeam Europcar+ 3'35
105Marco MinnaardDe Jonge Renners.t.
106Daan MeijersWilly Naessens+ 3'37
107Wladimir DrentWilly Naessens+ 3'39
108Dolf BerghahnStibo Systemss.t.
109Jaap De JongBritish Academys.t.
110Mark SchreursWilly Naessens+ 3'40
111Justin ElliotDe Jonge Renner+ 3'41
112Geert Van Der WeijstNABs.t.
113Johim AriesenDe Jonge Renner+ 3'47
114Paul BosveltDuvel+ 4'00
115Jeff VermeulenStibo Systems+ 4'09
116Kizito van DamUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 4'12
117Ronald MentinkDe Jonge Renner+ 4'56

Well, could have been worse, but i guess Giro hangover is still there Pfft
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7th place is not that bad after really tough Giro. Looking forward for le Tour.
what dominox just said Grin
@Aquarius: Nah, more about the course being absolutely flat. A small hilly section would've done the trick I think!

@dominox and Tamijio: Yeah I'm not too disappointed with it. In the NCs, the road race is where I'm concentrating. le Tour has to wait a little bit more...
National Championships – Road Race


The same four riders from Duvel also started the road race. There was a three man early break which had a seven minute lead at one point. One more rider attacked out of the pack with 40 km to go. The break's lead at this point was just over two minutes. The speed in chase went incredibly high and the gap was wiped away very fast. The break was caught with 27 km still left.

With 8 km to go, the peloton was 50 riders strong. I attacked on the climb uphill, with 5 km left. With the distance remaining halved, I had a lead of 40 seconds. I had no energy to sprint as I approached the line. i took a couple of glances over my shoulder as I entered the final 500 meters. The peloton were coming but I still had about 20 seconds over them. Danny Van Poppel launched the sprint and kept getting closer and closer as the line approached.


In the end, I just about managed to hold on! 10 more meters and I would've been overhauled! I am the new Dutch national champion! Unbelievable!!




1Abhishek SinhaDuvel5h19'50
2Danny Van PoppelContinentals.t.
3André LooijMTN-Qhubekas.t.
4Wouter WippertTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
5Jan MaasContinentals.t.
6Floris GertsTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
7Nick Van Der LijkeTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
8Paul BosveltDuvels.t.
9Martijn TusveldRusVelos.t.
10Niels GoereeTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.

11Mathieu van der PoelOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
12Oczan HenrichsCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
13Wilco KeldermanTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
14Sam OomenSwissairs.t.
15Sjoerd Van GinnekenTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
16Tom DumoulinDuvels.t.
17Koen BouwmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
18Revy AmhaouchSwissairs.t.
19Coen VermeltfoortUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
20Steven LammertinkTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
21Jesper AsselmanTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
22Dylan GroenewegenRusals.t.
23Pim LigthartMTN-Qhubekas.t.
24Jaap De ManTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
25Ricardo van DongenContinentals.t.
26Barry MarkusContinentals.t.
27Yoeri HavikAlcatels.t.
28Lars BoomRusals.t.
29Paolo RoquesSwissairs.t.
30Piotr HavikTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
31Joris NieuwenhuisNew Zealands.t.
32Lars Van Der HaarContinentals.t.
33Toine KolijnContinentals.t.
34Elmar ReindersCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
35Bauke MollemaDuvels.t.
36Simon SchramParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
37Maurits LammertinkCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
38Gert-Jan BosmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
39Gert-Jan TahyaStibo Systemss.t.
40Stefan KrederTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
41Dolf BerghahnStibo Systems+ 1'54
42Brian Van GoethemNoordleases.t.
43Julius van den BergAlcatels.t.
44Justin ElliotDe Jonge Renners.t.
45Geert Van Der WeijstNAB+ 2'23
46Bob SchoonbroodtSuperiors.t.
47Jaap De JongBritish Academys.t.
48Stef LarossiSEG Racings.t.
49Jurgen van DiemenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 3'12
50Michael VingerlingTeam Europcars.t.
51Davy GunstNoordleases.t.
52Cees BolUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
53Dennis Van WindenRusVelos.t.
54Arvid De KleijnUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
55Mark SchreursWilly Naessenss.t.
56Sjoerd BaxSuperiors.t.
57Marco MinnaardDe Jonge Renners.t.
58Oscar RiesebeekGlanzstoffs.t.
59Mitchell CornelisseTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 4'33
60Nick Van Der MeerUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
61Wladimir DrentWilly Naessenss.t.
62Serge HienschNew Zealands.t.
63Alpha van de BergTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
64Joey Van RheeBritish Academys.t.
65Chris CorneliaLa Botas.t.
66Wouter HaanSEG Racings.t.
67Raymond KrederContinental+ 5'23
68Taco Van Der HoornContinentals.t.
69Dex GroenSEG Racings.t.
70Johim AriesenDe Jonge Renners.t.
71Tim RodenburgCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
72Riemer LeemansParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
73Jarno GmelichSuperiors.t.
74Rick GoereeParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
75Ronan Van ZandbeekSEG Racings.t.
76Daan MeijersWilly Naessenss.t.
77Jaap KooijmanLa Botas.t.
78Han MonkouLa Botas.t.
79Jeff VermeulenStibo Systems+ 6'41
80Gino VierhoutenSEG Racings.t.
81Mats BoeveStibo Systemss.t.
82Aldo OoijerNoordleases.t.
83Jelle WolsinkNoordleases.t.
84Timon Van ReekNoordleases.t.
85Willem PletUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
86Djuric StreppelStibo Systemss.t.
87Tijmen EisingNoordleases.t.
88Diederik van PraagLa Botas.t.
89Mousin De RegtGlanzstoffs.t.
90Wil van de PoppeParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
91Melvin BoskampParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
92Twan BrusselmanWilly Naessenss.t.
93Jasper HamelinkNABs.t.
94Jesper SchipperUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
95Adriaan JanssenSEG Racings.t.
96Ruud CremersRusVelos.t.
97Rudy LaamersSEG Racings.t.
98Ernest FerrierDe Jonge Renners.t.
99Wilfred FalixParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
100Hartthijs De VriesLa Bota+ 7'51
101Jelle HernandezOrica-GreenEDGE+ 8'29
102Rick OttemaLa Botas.t.
103Dennis BakkerNew Zealand+ 9'02
104Bobby ReizigerStibo Systems+ 9'44
105Georges NijhuisTeam Europcars.t.
106Kizito van DamUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
107Arturo MensahStibo Systemss.t.
108Daniel GaljéNoordlease+ 10'24
109Jeroen KorstenNoordlease+ 12'00
110Robin AandewielParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
111Fahd BrunswijkLa Botas.t.
112Gijsbert ScholSEG Racings.t.
113Glenn KemperRusVelos.t.
114Arthur BruurmijnLa Botas.t.
115Rodney JansenStibo Systems+ 15'51
116Ronald MentinkDe Jonge Renner+ 18'12

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