After Sunday’s stage 9 summit finish on Blockhaus saw Nairo Quintana move into the maglia rosa, the stage 10 time trial turned the Giro d’Italia on its head, with the Colombian losing nearly three minutes to stage winner Tom Dumoulin, who now leads the race by 2:23. Geraint Thomas finished second on the stage to bounce back from the devastation of his crash on Sunday, while it was a mixed bag for the other GC contenders. Here’s all the snap reaction.
Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
“When I see the result, it’s pretty good, eh? I was fighting with myself. I actually didn’t have a good feeling but apparently it was really fast. A lot of the GC riders didn’t have a good feeling. In my last TT’s I gave up a little bit when I wasn’t feeling good, and then I was always disappointed after. Now I thought ‘I don’t give up, I go full to the line’, and it was more than enough.
“That’s a nice gap to go into the mountains, but in the Vuelta I lost several minutes in one day. It can happen so quickly in the mountains when you have one bad day. The Giro Is far far far from over.
“It’s really special to be back in the pink jersey. I had it for six days last year which was already special. Now it’s not a coincidence anymore. Now I can fight with the best and that’s a nice feeling. The difference to a year ago is this time I’m going for GC, like in the 2015 Vuelta a Espana. We’ll fight to the end now. We’ll see how much my gap is worth in the mountains but for now its nice to have the pink jersey.”
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) – 11th overall at 5:33
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