Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 9, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bauhaus wins stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Pieters sprints to victory on stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Modolo wins GP Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen; BMC Racing Team rejects Froome transfer rumour as ‘a complete lie’; De Gendt says he expects to lose the yellow jersey; Bardiani Valvole and CSF Inox to sponsor Baby Giro; Chavanel signs up for one more year with Direct Energie; The man behind the Maglia Rosa: An insiders’ view of Tom Dumoulin; Video: Hammer Sportzone Limburg – Race highlights; Video: Inside the BMC Team Car in final kilometre of Dauphiné time trial

The man behind the Maglia Rosa: An insiders’ view of Tom Dumoulin

by VeloClub

If anyone had said before the Giro d’Italia that Tom Dumoulin would drop Nairo Quintana and beat some of the world’s best climbers to win the Oropa stage, the claim would have been met with incredulity. The odds on him winning overall were better but, in truth, he was a second-tier favourite behind the likes of Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Steven Kruijswijk.

Notwithstanding that plus some bad luck along the way, Dumoulin went on to win the race overall. In this feature, three from his team give the inside view on the successful Giro campaign, as well as giving an insight into his character and what the future holds.

Here’s an excerpt, speaking about the aftermath of the unscheduled toilet stop on the race’s Queen stage.

According to Haga, Dumoulin took the attitude that what was done was done and he had to look forward. “It was an embarrassing thing, but there was nothing he could have done about it,” he says. “He had to go, and he just took care of it. He was mostly disappointed that he had to throw away the greatest proportion of his lead.

“Afterwards, we just had to convince him that yes, it was a blow to his chances overall, but we showed him…‘look, you did a 35 or a 40 kilometre solo time trial after that, and still went just as fast as those guys. So stomach problems aside, you have race-winning legs here.’

“Perhaps the person who was most important in that was Laurens [Ten Dam]. He was our team captain. He is so experienced – he is great with tactics and morale and perspective. He tried to knock the bad thoughts out of Tom’s head, in a way.”

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