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by Shane Stokes
May 3, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI asks Giro organisers to drop controversial descending competition; Giro d’Italia names Mortirolo the Scarponi Climb as a tribute; Acquarone moving on with career, but says he’s still awaiting justice over Giro dismissal; Dumoulin pledges patience in Grand Tour ambitions, also wants to target Roubaix; Ambitious Jungels to return to Giro one year after making history; Three North Americans on Cannondale-Drapac Giro squad; Woods to make Grand Tour debut; Girdlestone’s comeback continues with Grafton to Inverell participation; Namibian national MTB champion Costa Seibeb dies in accident; Hammer Series finalises teams for Sportzone Limburg Pro Race; Strava announces new feature to shift app towards social network functionality; Video: Alaska or Bus’t – Mountain Bike Road Trip with Andrew Taylor; Video: Western Australia’s Joey Graham nails a backflip instead of racing.
Team Sunweb leader Tom Dumoulin heads into the Giro d’Italia vying to fight for the final general classification, but has said he will be patient as regards his career GC ambitions.
“We are not going to try this one time and then conclude immediately,” he tells AD, speaking about how he would act if his GC aspirations didn’t work out. “That seems a bit quick. You never know what you’re up against. Everyone has up and downs and what if you just have a down in the Giro? If it’s bad, it’s definitely not [a case of] once and never again.”
However that’s not to say he is already feeling doubtful about his chances. Instead, he makes clear he is chasing pink, but sees value in taking in later in the race rather than holding pink early on. “That’s really bad for your recovery. And puts pressure on your shoulders,” he said.
“You’re the one who is being attacked. The one who has to bear stress instead of the one who can stress others. Attacking feels better than defending.” He won the opening stage last year and spent six days in pink.
Longer term, he said that if his GC ambitions don’t pan out, he’ll put on five kilos and target Paris-Roubaix. Even if he does ride well in Grand Tours, he still wants to target that event. “I will not end my career without racing Roubaix. I’m very excited to do a Flemish spring.”
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