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by Matt de Neef
October 30, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jakub Mareczko leads after two stages in Hainan; Chris Froome “wins” the inaugural Shanghai Criterium; Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer win the London Six-Day; Froome expects significant “challenge” from Dumoulin in the future; Mikel Landa — I would have liked a warmer welcome from Quintana; Shane Sutton to work with Chinese national team; Monte Zoncolan and Rome TT on the cards for 2018 Giro; Zak Dempster among three riders to renew with the Israel Cycling Academy; US cyclist makes thoughts on Trump known; Froome and Kittel arm-wrestle in China; When tricks on the track go wrong.
It’s a showdown that’s been brewing for the past year or so: four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Sky) vs 2017 Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb). It’s not clear when the pair will next come face-to-face at a Grand Tour, but when they do, it’s likely to be an exciting battle. Froome himself is looking forward to the challenge.
Could we see Froome vs Dumoulin at the 2018 Giro? Or the 2018 Tour?
“He’s someone who I haven’t gone head-to-head with properly in the GC sense, so I definitely look forward to that challenge,” Froome told the press at the Shanghai Criterium. “It’s good for me to have someone to really push me like that as well.
“It certainly wasn’t a surprise to me when he won the Giro. Before the race I actually had a bet with some of my friends that he would win, and he proved me right. I saw that coming. It’s been coming for some time now.”
In recent years Froome has leaned on his time-trialling to beat his Tour rivals, but Dumoulin might prove harder to shake.
“He’s the strongest time triallist in the world and very confident on the climbs as well. He knows how to pace himself. I’d say out of the other GC riders, he’s the only one who really paces himself, even when there are the accelerations on the climbs. People see him get dropped but he’s not actually dropped, he’s just managing his pace. He’s the only other GC rider I’ve seen doing that, which I think is a big skill to have as well.”