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by Shane Stokes
May 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Dumoulin dominates Giro time trial and takes Maglia Rosa; Peter Sagan wins stage 3 at the Amgen Tour of California; Van Vleuten triumphs in Durango-Durango event in the Basque Country; Quintana: ‘We lost more time than expected’; Thomas bounces back from stage 9 crash to nab second; Jungels stages recovery after Blockhaus disappointment; Aldag says it’s not certain yet that Cavendish will ride Tour de France; Van Garderen suffers further time loss; ASO and AEG agree on strategic partnership to develop cycling in Germany; California concussion incident raises questions, but what could have been done differently?; Diabetic rider Javier Megias chasing breakaway success at the Amgen Tour of California; Audio: Unnnamed rider suggests Movistar may have deliberately caused stage 9 crash; Video: The Maglia Rosa! 24 hours with Tom Dumoulin at the Giro d’Italia; Video: A near miss for Nairo Quintana; Video: Bob Jungels post-race interview from Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Cyclist hit by bullet during bike ride; Video: Inside the Aqua Blue Sport team bus; Video: Dumoulin’s wayward elbows
Two days ago he struggled on the Blockhaus climb and lost three and a half minutes plus the pink jersey. On Tuesday Bob Jungels bounced back to take another prized garment: the while jersey of best young rider. Jungels was quickest early on and caught his three-minute man Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team), then went on to post what would be the third-quickest time.
He was 56 seconds behind Tom Dumoulin, and jumped six places in the general classification as a result. “It was a really hard time trial,” he said. “Yesterday, when we did the recon, it wasn’t so windy, so I had to take also this into account. It was tempting to go very fast from the start, but that would have meant to lose time by the end. I managed to do a good race and I’m happy to be on the podium, it’s a fantastic feeling.”
He moved up to sixth in the GC, three minutes and 56 seconds behind Dumoulin. Importantly, he is now two minutes and 23 seconds clear of closest rival Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) in the best young rider classification. Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) is two minutes 55 back with Adam Yates fourth, 3 minutes and two seconds down.
“This result shows that what happened two days ago was just a bad day, not a decrease of form,” he said. “The race is just starting and my goal is to finish again in the top 10. It would be nice to win also the white jersey, but at the moment I’m not thinking about this. I’m just taking it one step at a time.”