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by Mark Zalewski
April 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pichon wins Route Adélie de Vitré; Indian Pacific Wheel Race mourns death of British rider Mike Hall; Gilbert on his resurgence with QuickStep: ‘I feel good in my skin’; Lizzie Deignan opens up about her experience with British Cycling; Interview with Manzana Postobon manager about Vuelta invite; Boonen says he can still play a role in Flanders’ finale; Sep Vanmarcke ‘If I could get a podium, that would be a surprise’; Devolder ‘If it up to me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders’; Cervelo-Bigla cyclist struck by vehicle while riding from work; No Tour for Dumoulin, all focus on Giro; Van der Poel talks about possible transition to road; Andy Schleck named new chairman of Tour of Luxembourg; Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017; Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking Flanders prep in stride.
While it was suspected for a while, Tom Dumoulin confirmed to Dutch television that he will not race this year’s Tour de France, putting all his eggs in the Giro d’Italia basket.
Tom Dumoulin attacks during Tirreno – Adriatico, stage 4.
“The focus this year is on the overall at the Giro,” he told NOS. “I’ve always said it. There is no plan B.”
He is also taking the Giro preparation differently than previous years, not racing most of the spring Classics, instead doing training at altitude. He will be back for the Ardennes Classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège. “Last year I did not go to altitude training, but now I’m really going for the win. I am training differently and my season is better than ever.”
Dumoulin’s work to become a full GC competitor showed at Tirreno-Adriatico, climbing with the overall favourites. However, his shift in focus seemed to come at the expense of his time trial, his best discipline, finishing a disappointing 13th in the TT and knocking him down to sixth overall. He said that was an important lesson that he will rectify before May.
“I rode very few time trials and instead particularly focused on uphill kilometres. That’s important for the Giro. I do not deny my heritage, so we’re going to train differently. I was too careless, I naturally thought it will be okay, but I have to keep working on my time trial.”
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