May 25, 2017
Tejay Van Garderen wins first Grand Tour stage, Dumoulin survives two tough day to keep Pink unmoved
Tejay Van Garderen wins first grand Tour Stage: Photo Giro D'Italia/Photo LaPresse - Gian Mattia D'Alberto
Ortisei/St. Ulrich, 25 May 2017 – The American rider Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) won the 137km Moena (Val di Fassa)-Ortisei/St. Ulrich, 18th stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia. Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) finished second and third.
Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) remains the race General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa.
1 - Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) - 137km in 3h54’04”, average speed 35.118km/h
2 - Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky) s.t.
3 - Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 8"
4 - Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) s.t.
5 - Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) at 11"
1 - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 - Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 31"
3 - Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain - Merida) at 1'12"
4 - Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 1''36"
5 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 1'58"
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Tejay Van Garderen said: “It's been a couple of years and grand tours I've done for the general classification but my body wasn't responding earlier in the Giro. I did my best to keep the morale. This is my first grand tour victory. It's an incredible feeling, especially in an area like this I'm so familiar with, having done many training camps here. I knew all the roads. I was not confident at all to beat Mikel Landa. He's a very good sprinter.”
The race leader Tom Dumoulin said: “Nibali and Quintana were only focusing on me and trying to make me lose instead of trying to win. In the end, they lost some significant time to the other competitors. Riding like this, I hope they'll lose their podium spot. If this happens in Milan it would be very nice and I would be very happy. It would have been a dream scenario if Thibaut Pinot didn't take a minute on me. In the last climb I was feeling strong. So I decided to show them that I'm also awake.”
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin - Adam Yates (Orica - Scott)
Stage 18 Results and GC