First pro win for Tom Dumoulin

Stage summary29.03.2014Stage 2- Porto-Vecchio / Porto-Vecchio

After Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to stage 1 success this morning, it was Tom Dumoulin's turn to set things right on the individual time-trial of the Criterium International. On the 7-kilometre course around Porto Vecchio, the Dutchman claimed his very first professional victory, beating Australia's Rohan Dennis and Luxemburg's Bob Jungels. The 23-year-old from Giant-Shimano captures the overall lead of the event with one stage to go.

Often well placed, like on the Dutch road championships or the Eneco Tour last year, Tom Dumoulin was still looking for his first pro win. The promising rider from Giant-Shimano finally conquered that expected but yet awaited victory on the roads of Corsica. Clocking an impressive time of 9'07 (better than Froome last year, 9'10), the 23-year-old Dutchman flew to the top of the rankings early on. He then had to wait for the 52 remaining riders to cover the 7-kilometre course.

His most dangerous rival eventually was Australian Rohan Dennis (GRS), also 23 years of age, who finished just 3'' adrift. This second stage of the event was indeed one for young men. Indeed Bob Jungels (TFR), two years younger than his main rivals captured a fine third spot, 10” off the best time. Among the pre-race favourites, Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM) enjoyed a fine 4th spot, at 11''.

On the eve of the decisive stage of the race heading to the Col de l'Ospedale, Tom Dumoulin leads the way overall with a 3'' advantage over Dennis and 8'' over Jungels. There's still a lot at stake for the rider from Limburg who admits being a fairly good climber. Indeed the first 20 riders of the GC are all within under 30”. Added to the Yellow Jersey he'll be wearing, Dumoulin also leads the points and best young rider standings. Theo Vimpère (BIG) will be enjoying the best climber's jersey on his shoulders.

Stage 2 Porto-Vecchio / Porto-Vecchio

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