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by Shane Stokes
May 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Rafal Majka wins stage 2 at the Amgen Tour of California, takes overall lead; Quintana: It will be difficult to keep the Maglia Rosa in the Giro time trial; Dumoulin relishes Giro TT, wants to gain as much time as possible on Quintana before next mountains; Landa to continue in Giro d’Italia after all-clear given; Vinokourov calls for corruption case to be dismissed; Giro d’Italia race director defends police motorcyclists after stage 9 crash; Giro d’Italia sends ‘signal of hope and solidarity’ to those affected by Italian earthquakes; Felline inks new one year contract extension with Trek-Segafredo; BMC Racing Team promotes Van Hooydonck to WorldTour level; Trek-Segafredo riders highlighting visibility during Giro d’Italia TT stages; Aqua Blue Sport rider says airline destroyed his bike; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Post Race; Bram Tankink goes wild on Giro rest day; Cannondale-Drapac gets cartoon treatment en route to the Amgen Tour of California
Currently sitting third overall in the Giro d’Italia, just 30 seconds behind Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Tom Dumoulin is many people’s tip for the race lead after Tuesday’s 39.8 kilometre Montefalco time trial. He said on Monday’s rest day that the TT is perfect for him, but also accepts that he needs to gain significant time if he is to win the race overall.
“It is a wonderful time trial, which suits me very well,” he said, according to Sporza. “If I could design the course, then I would have done the same. But that means that it is also good for the other time trial specialists.”
He joked about what he hoped to achieve. “In an ideal scenario, how much time would I gain on Quintana? 10 minutes,” he smiled. He knows it will be less than that, and therefore said that he is not at this point confident of winning the race.
“Nairo Quintana showed yesterday that he is going very well. And the third week is very tough. It will be very difficult. In the 2015 Vuelta [where he held the leader’s jersey], I had one bad day. Then you can lose minutes. I think it is very difficult [to win], but I will fight as long as possible.”
He added that he was frustrated by Bauke Mollema’s tactics on Sunday’s stage. “We can get on very well, but in the heat of the battle I was pissed,” he said. “Bauke was hanging in my wheel. When I accelerated, he was still there, so he was almost as good as me. Then you can ride, but he did not want to.” Mollema eventually slipped back, conceding 17 seconds to his compatriot.
Click through to read more at Sporza.