Tom Dumoulin denied Colombian rival Nairo Quintana to retain the pink jersey after a thrilling 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia won by American Tejay Van Garderen on Thursday.

Dumoulin, bidding to become the first Dutch winner of the three-week grand tour, finished ninth on the 137km ride through the Dolomites at 1min 06sec behind BMC rider Van Garderen, known as ‘TVG’.

The Sunweb team leader retained his 31sec lead on Movistar rider Quintana, and a 1:12 cushion on Italy’s two-time champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain) ahead of Friday’s 19th stage, a 191km ride from San Candido to Piancavallo. –


Results from the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia, held over 137 km between Moena and Ortisei on Thursday:


1. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 3hr 54min 04sec, 2. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) same time, 3. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) at 08secs, 4. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) s.t., 5. Jan Hirt (CZE/CCC) 11, 6. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 24, 7. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/TLJ) 34, 8. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) s.t., 9. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 1min 06sec, 10. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) s.t.

General classification

1. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 80hr 00min 48sec, 2. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) at 31sec, 3. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/BAH) 1min 12sec, 4. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 1:36, 5. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 1:58, 6. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 2:07, 7. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 3:17, 8. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/TLJ) 5:48, 9. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) 7:06, 10. Bob Jungels (LUX/QST) 7:24

Agence France-Presse

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