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by Mark Zalewski
March 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria continues strong sprint season at Tirreno-Adriatico; Froome apologises for Team Sky controversy; Pooley says not to judge British Cycling over actions of its leaders; Riders, managers complain ASO has made Paris-Nice too tough; Dumoulin on becoming GrandTour rider; Sagan would be happy to see Boonen win Roubaix; Nibali, team still working on finding their groove; Kreuziger abandons Tirreno, leaving team with four; Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage six highlights; Crazy winds force cancellation of Cape Town Cycle Tour; Commuting can be dangerous.
Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) said he feels close to completing his transition to becoming a true Grand Tour rider. The multiple Grand Tour stage winner is working on his climbing for this season, specifically targeting the Giro d’Italia overall.
Tom Dumoulin attacks during Tirreno – Adriatico, stage 4.
“With my current form I am close to the top,” Dumoulin told De Telegraaf while at Tirreno-Adriatico. He currently is sitting fifth overall, 1:19 behind race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar).
Known for this time trial skill, the Dutchman has turned his focus to working on climbing. “Climbing is still very hard of course, but now I really do like it. Even in the spring races and that has not been the case before.”
Saturday’s big climbing stage to Terminillo saw him attack early and eventually finish sixth, only 41 seconds behind Quintana. “Saturday I had a real day. It eventually broke me quite a bit. But it was a good climb to try something. That felt good. ”
“I am very curious how my individual time trial is now. I am better at the start of climbs; I’m a little leaner. I’m very curious to see how it stands with my TT. It could well be possible that a little goes away. But we’ll see.”
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