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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) tried to walk back his critical comments regarding the tactics of GC rivals Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) following stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia, chalking his post-stage comments up to the heat of battle.
“I was a little strong at the finish,” Dumoulin told Dutch TV NOS of his comments before the start of stage 19. “After the finish, you’re always a little raised, also by adrenaline. Sometimes you say things you should not. Whether Nibali is nice or not … it was not necessary what I said, because I have to live with it.”
Dumoulin also made reference to a possible Dutch pact between compatriots Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) to help him in fight for the Maglia Rosa and their results. “It would be nice if we can do something Dutch. They do not have a stage win yet. Maybe there are opportunities that way …”
However, Kruijswijk was surprised by the comments, saying nothing had been spoken about it between any of them so far, but would not rule out something if it helped him. His teammate Bram Tankink hinted to the pact on Twitter following his abandonment on the stage.
“There’s never been talk about a pact between Bauke, Tom and me,” said Kruijswijk. “Firstly I’m here for myself, Bauke also. If I get into a situation where it’s all good for us, I will not hesitate to help myself first and then Tom.”
Click through to read more at NOS.