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by Shane Stokes
May 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Dumoulin dominates Giro time trial and takes Maglia Rosa; Peter Sagan wins stage 3 at the Amgen Tour of California; Van Vleuten triumphs in Durango-Durango event in the Basque Country; Quintana: ‘We lost more time than expected’; Thomas bounces back from stage 9 crash to nab second; Jungels stages recovery after Blockhaus disappointment; Aldag says it’s not certain yet that Cavendish will ride Tour de France; Van Garderen suffers further time loss; ASO and AEG agree on strategic partnership to develop cycling in Germany; California concussion incident raises questions, but what could have been done differently?; Diabetic rider Javier Megias chasing breakaway success at the Amgen Tour of California; Audio: Unnnamed rider suggests Movistar may have deliberately caused stage 9 crash; Video: The Maglia Rosa! 24 hours with Tom Dumoulin at the Giro d’Italia; Video: A near miss for Nairo Quintana; Video: Bob Jungels post-race interview from Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Cyclist hit by bullet during bike ride; Video: Inside the Aqua Blue Sport team bus; Video: Dumoulin’s wayward elbows
As anticipated by many, Tom Dumoulin proved to be the rider to beat on Tuesday’s stage 10 time trial in the Giro d’Italia, with the Dutchman dominating the race against the clock. The Team Sunweb rider stormed around the 39.8 kilometre course from Foligno to Montefalco in 50 minutes 37 seconds, a comfortable 49 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and a further seven seconds faster than Bob Jungels (QuickStep Floors).
Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) was two minutes back in fifth, but would have been closer had he not crashed near the end. Overnight leader Nairo Quintana struggled on the course and conceded two minutes 53 seconds and the pink jersey.
“Looking at the results, I’ve had a good race,” said Dumoulin afterwards. “But I was fighting with myself and I actually didn’t feel good. In my last time trials I did I kind of gave up a little bit when I was not feeling good, and I was always disappointed afterwards. So now I thought, ‘no, I will not give up, I will go full to the line.’ And it was more than enough.”
The contrasting fortunes of Dumoulin and Quintana saw him end the day two minutes and 23 seconds ahead of Quintana. He is two minutes 38 up on Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and a further two seconds up on FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot.
That puts him in a good position, but he is cautious about predictions. “That is a nice gap to have before the mountains, but in the Vuelta in 2015, I lost several minutes in one day,” he said. “It can happen so quickly in the mountains when you have one bad day, especially in this third week. The Giro is far, far, far from over.”