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by Mark Zalewski
May 27, 2017
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Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) did not appreciate the comments made by Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) following stage 18 with the then Maglia Rosa criticising the tactics by him and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in the closing kilometres of the stage.
“He better watch out because he might lose the race itself,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I’ve never been so angry. He should learn not to be so arrogant and just stay on the ground with both feet. He can only say something if he manages to bring the Maglia Rosa to Milan, but certainly not today.”
Dumoulin had criticised Nibali and Quintana for only following his wheel late on stage 18 while other contenders for the podium, like Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), rode away from the group and took time to threaten their podium places.
“What does he want? We should drive him to Milan in a car and then shake hands with him? Tom is very strong and we need to compliment him for that. But he had today the necessary luck, and the team tactics of Movistar was not perfect. That’s why he was able to return.”
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