In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: UAE rider Polanc wins atop Mt. Etna at Giro d’Italia, Jungels moves into maglia rosa; Debusschere takes stage one of Four Days of Dunkirk; Froome shaken after hit and run incident in France; Nibali loses Moreno after disqualification for fighting; New race leader Jungels sees Giro as career milestone, but uncertain about chances of holding pink; Thomas jumps to second thanks to finish-line bonus; Zakarin only race contender to break elastic; Dennis out of Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I felt good on the climb; ‘A metre matters’ legislation likely to pass Victorian upper house tomorrow; We want to hear your feedback! Please take the CyclingTips reader survey; Audio: Six years after his passing, Elke Weylandt remembers brother Wouter’s character; Video: How Eritrean Cycling Made it to the Top of the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – stage four pre-race
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Back in the Maglia Rosa one year after wearing the jersey for three days, Bob Jungels was in a celebratory mood at the finish. He had impressed on Sunday with his strength, helping to set teammate Fernando Gaviria up for the stage win and pink jersey, and took over the latter thanks to his finishing with the other contenders on Mount Etna.
“Two days ago our move in the crosswinds was an intention but not a plan,” he said afterwards. “This morning also, I knew there was a possibility to gain the Maglia Rosa. I had to stay in the wheels because there was a lot of headwind. An 18km climb is always a bit of a gamble.
“I struggled a lot to get in the first part of the group, but I managed to stay calm and follow my goal. I didn’t have too many things in mind until I heard [sport director] Davide Bramati screaming in the radio ‘go for pink’.”
Now he’s back in the Maglia Rosa, he’s feeling satisfied but also expresses a little uncertainty about how things will go a little later on in the race.
“I’m super-happy that I can sit here. The colour of my jersey has changed but I still see this Giro as a milestone for my career,” he said. “I’m hungry but also realistic. At the Blockhaus, Nairo [Quintana] and other skinnier guys than me might have an advantage.”