Tom won the time trial which opened the Giro d’Italia in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and became the first to wear the pink jersey of the race leader.
The former Dutch Champion covered the 9.8 m city course in 11:03, taking the win by .022 of a second, in only the first time he has ridden the Giro.
The team received a royal visit before the start, as King Willem Alexander came by the team bus to wish the luck, and he was also one of the first to congratulate the 25-year-old after the stage.
His win means that now Giant-Alpecin has worn the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours — the Tour de France in 2014 and the Vuelta a Espana last year, with Dumoulin in red for six stages.
Dumoulin, who was also a Dutch national time trial champion, had set out to win this stage. He set out to great cheers from his homeland fans, and set the best time at the intermediate time check on his way to victory. He powered his way to the finish line in the same time to a tenth of a second as Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), forcing the decision to be based on the hundredths of a second.
He was not the only star for the German team. Tobias Ludvigsson put in a best time of 11:11, and sat on the hot seat for much of the day, until he was displaced by Roglic. The Swede finished the day as fourth, only eight seconds back, and his time was good enough to give him the white jersey as best young rider.
Tom couldn’t stop smiling. “This is incredible, even better than I ever dreamed. To win by such a small gap before this incredible home crowd is a very special feeling. This is a huge success not only for me but also for the whole team.”
Source: Giant - Alpecin