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by Neal Rogers
May 23, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dumoulin confident in maglia rosa as Giro d’Italia heads into high mountains; Quintana meets the press on Giro d’Italia rest day: ‘We hope to see Dumoulin fade in the third week’; Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden dies following cycling cycling accident in Italy; Sagan, Kittel head to Utah, Colorado for pre-Tour altitude training; Five WorldTour teams announced for Ster ZLM Tour; Video: Tom Dumoulin’s Giro d’Italia Stage 14 victory, through the eyes of the Sunweb support staff; Video: Rupert Guinness chats with Adam Hansen about racing with suspected bone fracture at Giro d’Italia; Video: Kitten can’t stop licking cyclist who saved his life.
Giro d’Italia race leader Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) met with the media in Boario Terme on the race’s third rest day, with six stages remaining — including four high-mountain stages. Tuesday’s stage 16 delivers three difficult climbs — the Mortirolo, and then the Stelvio, from both sides.
“I was up there alone for two weeks before the Vuelta in 2015 and I actually had a really good time,” Dumoulin said. “I enjoyed myself. I did the big mountain passes, Gavia, Stelvio and Mortirolo, and it was quite special. I don’t know the other stages this week, but I know tomorrow’s stage. It can be very hard or it can be very, very hard. We just have to see. I’ve had some tough stages in the past, so we’ll see how it’s going to be. My competitors will definitely attack me and it will definitely be a day of suffering.”
Asked which rider he sees as the most dangerous, Dumoulin said two-time Grand Tour winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is his main rival.
“If I have a bad day tomorrow, then all my competitors are dangerous,” Dumoulin said. “If I lose three minutes, then suddenly they’re all quite dangerous for a podium spot or victory. It’s impossible to say now who is the most dangerous, but Quintana is closest on GC and in the last two weeks, he has shown himself to be the best climber here, so I think he is the main rival.”
Reminded of the 2015 Vuelta a España, where Dumoulin took the race lead in the individual time trial immediately following the last race day, holding the jersey until he fell apart on the final mountain stage, the Sunweb rider said he came into this Giro with a special focus on the final week.
“Yes, it’s a question mark, but in preparing for this Giro, we tried to focus on preparing to face multiple climbs, and we did less racing beforehand, with the aim of being good in the third week. I tried to prepare as best as possible, but it’s a question mark how I hold up in the third week.”