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by Mark Zalewski
May 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Landa solos to Giro stage win as Quintana takes lead from Dumoulin; Brändle wins Belgium Tour TT, van Aert takes over lead; Pujol wins Mt. Fuji stage at Tour of Japan; Dumoulin on losing pink ‘I just had really bad legs’; Nibali angry over Dumoulin comments; Dumoulin walks back comments against rivals, hints at Dutch pact; Mike McCarthy, America’s forgotten world champion; Tankink abandons Giro with Milan in sight; Van der Haar still battling injury; Despite sponsor exit, ambitious hopes for future of An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team; First UCI Urban Cycling World Championships set for China; Fan offers Dumoulin ‘help’ during stage; Video: Team Cinelli Chrome @ Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 10; Video: Tall bikes will save the world.
Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) was straightforward in his comments following stage 19 where he lost the overall lead to Nairo Quintana (Movistar), calling his riding conservative combined with bad legs when he needed to respond to attacks.
“I just made a rookie mistake by sitting back on the descent,” said Dumoulin. “I had bad legs from the start and when the peloton broke apart Bahrain and Movistar rode hard.”
“With my bad legs had I been going all out to come back. That was unnecessary.”
“On the final climb I tried to limit the damage and it was successful. My team was strong today and has saved me several times. I have to thank my teammates. Without them it would have been much worse. I hope for better legs tomorrow.”
Quintana now leads the Dutchman by 38 seconds, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at 43 seconds, and the final stage time trial now looming large on the horizon.
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