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by Neal Rogers
May 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Nibali wins queen stage at Giro d’Italia, moves into third overall; Controversy on Giro d’Italia queen stage renews question of race etiquette; Nippo-Fantini’s Canola beats Haedo to win Stage 3 at Tour of Japan, preserving GC lead; German triathlete Viellehner mourned after being struck by Italian driver; Pirelli backs under-20 competition in reborn Baby Giro d’Italia; USA Cycling to celebrate the inaugural National Velodrome Day on June 3; Teen cyclist says he was ‘left for dead’ by a road rage driver; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 3: Mt. Lemmon; Video: Aussie journo Rupert Guinness chats with Movistar’s Rory Sutherland on Giro’s third rest day; Video: Dumoulin tries to deck Colombian fan who was pushing Quintana; Video: Haga takes off on Giro descent
Controversy erupted at the Giro d’Italia Tuesday when one of professional cycling’s unwritten rules returned to the spotlight after it was disregarded in the heat of battle.
With 31.5km remaining on a stage that climbed the Mortirolo and the Stelvio twice, maglia rosa Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) swung off the side of the road at the bottom of the day’s final climb, took off his helmet and jersey, dropped down into a ditch, lowered his bib shorts, and had moved his bowels.
Ahead, a GC group containing Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) continued on, with Zakarin attacking shortly thereafter. Nibali went on to attack the GC group and win the stage, catching lone breakaway Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and out-sprinting him for Italy’s first stage win of this year’s race. Quintana placed third place on the day, 12 seconds behind Nibali and Landa, taking four seconds of time bonus.
Dumoulin rode the remainder of the stage alone, losing 2:10 to Quintana, though he retained the pink jersey by 31 seconds over the Colombian. Nibali moved into third overall, 1:12 behind the Dutchman. Though he managed to hold on to the jersey, Dumoulin was visibly angry as he crossed the finish line.
“I had some problems,” Dumoulin said. “I needed to take a dump. I couldn’t hold it any more. It was after the first time on the Stelvio, I felt it on the downhill. I had to stop, it was not possible to continue any more. I decided to fight and fight and fight and I wanted to take conclusions after the finish, and that’s what I did. I’m very disappointed with today of course.”
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