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by Matt de Neef
May 22, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin leads the Giro d’Italia into its third rest day, Jungels wins stage 15; George Bennett wins the Amgen Tour of California; Ashleigh Moolman wins the Emakumeen XXX Bira with final-stage victory; Edvald Boasson Hagen rides to third Tour of Norway title; Jonathan Hivert victorious at the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Daniel Summerhill claims Tour of Japan prologue; Sarah Roy takes out the SwissEver GP Cham – Hagendorn; Adam Hansen continues at the Giro despite hand injury; Tanel Kangert abandons the Giro after horror crash; Riccardo Riccò facing prosecution for allegedly supplying drugs to amateur rider; Katusha-Alpecin team staff suspended for sewage dump; Orica-Scott Backstage Pass — stage 15.
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) has a buffer of nearly three minutes going into the third rest day of the 2017 Giro d’Italia and is the favourite to win his first Grand Tour.
Dumoulin moved into the maglia rosa with victory in the stage 10 individual time trial, and hasn’t relinquished the lead since. Indeed, the TT-specialist-turned-GC-contender took a second stage win on Saturday’s stage 14, outclimbing the likes of Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) to take more time and extend his overall lead.
After a frenetic start to Sunday’s stage 15 — it took more than 100km for the breakaway to form — the race came back together in the lumpy final kilometres. Bob Jungels (QuickStep Floors), leader of the best young rider classification, attacked twice in the final kilometres before winning a 12-man sprint against the race’s big GC favourites.
The win is Jungels’ biggest career success and sees the Luxembourgian move up to eighth after wearing the maglia rosa for five days earlier in the race.
Six stages remain in the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, all bar one of them in the high mountains. Tom Dumoulin leads Quintana by 2:41 with Pinot at 3:21 and Nibali at 3:40. Dumoulin will likely take more time on his rivals in the final-stage ITT so it will be up to the other contenders to attack the Dutchman in the mountainous days ahead.