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by Shane Stokes
June 1, 2017
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Three days after winning the Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin has been honoured in Maastricht. The Dutchman was made a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau by Belgium’s King Willem-Alexander, thus celebrating his achievement. He became the first Dutchman ever to win the Giro when he overhauled Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in Sunday’s final time trial.
Dumoulin was presented with a ribbon marking his new honour by the State Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Martin van Rijn. “In the last few weeks Tom has shown that although the Netherlands is a small country, that we are capable of great things,” he said at a ceremony in the Maastricht town hall, prior to the public ceremony.
Dumoulin was then cheered by a massive crowd outside the building, and also had a surprise meeting with the two Dutch winners of the Tour de France, Joop Zoetemelk and Jan Janssen.
“It feels super,” Dumoulin said. “But also embarrassing. What could be better – the Cathedral square in Milan or the market square in Maastricht? The market, of course!”