Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 26, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Garderen ends Grand Tour drought with Giro stage win; Van der Poel tastes success on the road with Belgium Tour stage win; Canola makes it a hat trick in Japan; Dumoulin critical of rivals on Giro stage, ‘I hope they lose the podium’; Van der Poel to race Albstadt World Cup Sunday; Dries De Bondt kicked out of Belgium Tour for riding on footpath; Planckaert has surgery for broken collarbone after Belgium Tour crash; Tour of Utah announces 2017 stages; Video: Van Garderen post-stage interview; Teaser: UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup; Video: ORICA-Scott pre-Giro, stage 18; Video: Duel on Hellfire Pass; Philippe Gilbert stops for mid-stage photoshoot at the Belgium Tour.

Dumoulin critical of rivals on Giro stage, ‘I hope they lose the podium’

by CyclingTips

Giro race leader Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) had some harsh words for his main rivals following stage 18, which saw him solidify his lead in the overall. While second place Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and third place Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) did launch some attacks, they were all covered by the Dutchman.

“Vincenzo and Nairo were only focusing on my wheel,” he said in the post-stage TV interview. “It was a bit strange tactic because their podium spot is in danger now. I really would like to see them losing it because of this riding.”

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha – Alpecin), both sitting fourth and fifth in the overall, rode away from the GC group in the final few kilometres as the road flattened out after the final climb. Heading into the stage Pinot was 1:26 behind Nibali, with Zakarin at 1:28. But after the stage that gap from Pinot to Nibali was reduced to only 26 seconds, and 46 seconds to Zakarin

“I don’t know if I was the strongest today but I was definitely with the few strongest of the day. I was never really in trouble.

“In the finale I was not completely happy with the situation. With just four kilometres flat or pretty flat till the finish, it would have been good for Nibali, Quintana and me to stay together, that’s why I was frustrated, disappointed and angry at them. At the end it’s a good situation for me.”

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