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by Mark Zalewski
May 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Landa solos to Giro stage win as Quintana takes lead from Dumoulin; Brändle wins Belgium Tour TT, van Aert takes over lead; Pujol wins Mt. Fuji stage at Tour of Japan; Dumoulin on losing pink ‘I just had really bad legs’; Nibali angry over Dumoulin comments; Dumoulin walks back comments against rivals, hints at Dutch pact; Mike McCarthy, America’s forgotten world champion; Tankink abandons Giro with Milan in sight; Van der Haar still battling injury; Despite sponsor exit, ambitious hopes for future of An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team; First UCI Urban Cycling World Championships set for China; Fan offers Dumoulin ‘help’ during stage; Video: Team Cinelli Chrome @ Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 10; Video: Tall bikes will save the world.
Matthias Brändle (Trek – Segafredo) won the individual time trial of the Baloise Belgium Tour, 14 seconds ahead of time trial world champion Tony Martin (Katusha – Alpecin). Cyclocross world champion Wout van Aert (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) came in third with an impressive ride, clocking nearly the same time as Martin and taking over the race lead.
“It went well — I did not go too hard too soon and watched my wattage,” van Aert told Sporza.
“The last four kilometres I put the gas all the way open. I am happy because I lost no time to Martin”. I thought I would at least be ten seconds slower than him. This is a good test for the Belgian time trial championship, although that is much longer.”
“It remains to be seen whether the team is strong enough to help me tomorrow to defend my jersey. We have landed on the right track. The atmosphere is good and it is fun to drive around the new jerseys.”
Van Aert leads Martin by 10 seconds and Brändle by 11 seconds.