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Giro d’Italia Winner Tom Dumoulin Honored in Maastricht, Netherlands

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Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin received a hero’s welcome in his home city of Maastricht, Holland today, which was flooded with thousands of fans in all manner of pink confetti.

Being the first Dutch rider to win a Grand Tour race in 37 years, Dumoulin was catapulted to stardom when he clinched the overall victory on Sunday, after an intense build-up to the final time trial stage, which reclaimed the maglia rosa for the Team Sunweb rider after losing it to chief rival Nairo Quintana during the last few stages. 

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However, not all of the celebration was for Dumoulin alone, as fellow compatriot Jos van Emden also proved to be a standout rider in this year’s Giro as well, especially after winning Sunday’s final time trial stage. 

“It was a great day for Dutch cycling,” Dumoulin said. “Not only me but also for Jos.”

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In the midst of the celebration, Dumoulin was also appointed Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau, which is the Dutch equivalent of OBE in the UK.

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