No regrets for Tom Dumoulin: ‘There was nothing I could do to beat Froome’

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) arrived at the finish of stage 20 in Cervinia empty but proud to have tried to attack and crack Chris Froome (Team Sky), even in the final kilometres of the final mountain stage of the Corsa Rosa.

The 2017 Giro d’Italia winner will ride into Rome on Sunday in second place overall, 46 seconds down on Froome, but with no regrets.

“No, no regrets. There was nothing I could do to beat Froome. I’m super proud of the team and myself. This is what it is: second,” Dumoulin said, sportingly accepting defeat. 


Dumoulin tried to distance Froome four times in the final nine kilometres of the climb up to Cervinia. The Materhorn mountain loomed large over the climb and so did Froome, responding every time Dumoulin surged away. Froome even made two attacks of his own to let Dumoulin and the other riders in the select group know who was in charge. Froome finished with loyal teammate Wout Poels, and they celebrated as they crossed the line. Dumoulin finished slightly distanced, head bowed.

“I was so tired, so totally spent,” Dumoulin said. “I had nothing left in the tank, but I’d have blamed myself if I hadn’t tried. I was just tired today, but I tried everything I had. I’m super proud of myself. I was one of the best climbers, but I wasn’t the best. Froome was stronger.”

In 2017, Dumoulin dominated the Giro d’Italia, winning two stages and wearing the maglia rosa for 10 days, beating Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) in the final overall classification. He struggled to respond to Simon Yates for much of the race but could sense a chance of victory when the Mitchelton-Scott rider cracked early on the Colle delle Finestre. However, Dumoulin could not catch Froome on the long road to Bardonecchia.

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Giro d’Italia: Stage 20 finish line quotes

Chris Froome (Team Sky) – overall leader

“There were obviously attacks I had to follow in the final there, but I felt very much in control. No one really had the extra legs to go anywhere. This Giro has been brutal, absolutely brutal. I mean the someone tends to have abad day here, it’s not just matter of 30 seconds or one minute. It’s 10-15 minutes, so It’s just a brutal race, and you can see today Thibaut Pinot was in trouble so Astana turned the screws and took advantage of the situation. The race for us was just to follow and to obviously keep an eye on Tom. [I sprinted] just t stay in front, and obviously there were mountain points also at the finish. I have the mountain jersey at the moment. It was just to keep in front of everything.”

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) – runner-up to Chris Froome

“I tried everything I could, and Froome was better. No regrets, no , nothing. I’m super proud of the team, of myself. This is what it is, second. I was just tired today and I wasn’t sure if I would have the legs to try, but I would always regret it if I didn’t so I just tried everything I had, and that’s it.


“I give my thanks to all me teammates. They’ve been fantastic. I’m very happy to return the favour to Sam over these final kilometres. I’m super happy with my performance, and I’m super happy with the team’s performance as well. We didn’t really make too many mistakes out there. It was really, really good.”

Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) – stage 20 winner

“A perfect day, the day I dreamed about. I’m really happy, also for the team after yesterday. It couldn’t be a better day for me, and now we have to enjoy the Giro we’ve done. With four stage wins, it’s been a really good Giro for us. For me, it’s important. I won for the first time in 2011 and after seven years to win again is very important for me, to be up there still. I’m very happy.”

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) – third overall

“It was a huge huge day. We went with the whole team and we went all out. The team was amazing today, they did such a good job all day, they sacrificed themselves, setting such a strong tempo. I really have to thank the whole team, especially Luis Leon Sanchez, who is like a brother to me.

Sergio Henao (Team Sky) – teammate to Chris Froome

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) – fourth overall

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UCI confirms Chris Froome’s bike X-rayed for mechanical doping after Giro d’Italia solo win

The UCI has confirmed that Chris Froome’s bike was X-rayed after his solo stage victory in Bardonecchia on stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia, as part of the governing body’s fight against mechanical doping.

Cyclingnews understands that the bikes of the top eight riders on the stage were tested using the mobile X-ray machine that was introduced this spring and used for the first time in the Ardennes Classics.

Bikes are immediately tagged when riders cross the finish line and then taken to the X-ray cabinet in the anti-doping area. The bike is loaded into the mobile unit, with the X-ray images of the bottom bracket, wheels and frame seen on a laptop. The whole process only takes a few minutes.

The eight bikes tested after stage 19 to Bardonecchia belonged to Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Sebastian Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb).

The UCI only officially communicates the total number of bikes tested per day in the evening Jury Communique that also lists rider and team fines. Friday’s Jury Communique said that a total of 135 bikes were checked. However, this number includes bikes checked quickly before the stage start using the UCI tablet device.

Former UCI president Brian Cookson and the UCI Equipment Manager Mark Barfield first introduced the use of the tablet device to try to detect mechanical doping, but doubts were raised about the validity of the tablet device and its software.


Barfield was soon shown the door when Lappartient beat Cookson to be elected UCI president last September. He hired former French rider Jean-Christophe Péraud as the new UCI Equipment manager, while Bob Stapleton, chairman of the board of USA Cycling and newly elected to the UCI Management Committee, is also part of the UCI technical commission.

Lappartient announced the UCI’s beefed-up strategy to fight mechanical in Geneva in March, presenting the mobile X-ray cabinet and promising that thermal imaging cameras will also be used, with RFID tagging and the use of miniature magnometer trackers options for the future. The UCI also introduced a VAR (Video Assist Referee) that studies all the television images of a race that helps the UCI race judges spot any suspicious bike or wheel changes.

“We’re going to do our utmost so that we won’t have future cases of technological fraud. The sport has suffered from doping in the past and we don’t want our other riders to suffer anymore,” Lappartient said at the presentation of the X-ray cabinet in March.

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