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by Matt de Neef
May 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia; Jens Keukeleire wins the Baloise Belgium Tour; Edvald Boasson Hagen wins Tour des Fjords; Marianne Vos wins Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik for a third time; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan, Nathan Earle second; Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio goes back-to-back with French double; Quintana believes late sickness cost him the Giro; Stijn Vandenbergh released from hospital, two weeks after crash; Transcontinental Race to continue in 2017; Davide Cimolai hit by a car in training; Vulpine saved from administration by Mango Bikes; Giuseppe Fonzi’s Giro nod to Happy Days; Behind the scenes of Tom Dumoulin’s Giro win.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) started the final stage of the Giro d’Italia in the maglia rosa, but ended the day in second overall. In reflecting on the result, the Colombian has pointed to illness on stage 19 — the race’s final uphill finish — as a deciding factor.
Quintana apparently woke up that morning with a fever and was unable to ride at at his maximum.
“I woke up feeling a little bad that morning, and I couldn’t give 100 percent on that decisive day,” Quintana said. “It was a day that we had marked on the calendar, and we were hoping to make a big differences. But the health wasn’t with us, and it didn’t turn out as we had hoped, but we kept pressing, and we ended up with this podium.”
Dumoulin lost time that day, but not as much as he might have had Quintana been at full strength. The Colombian now goes to the Tour de France where he’ll also be targeting the overall. Despite not winning the Giro, Quintana believes winning the Italian and French Grand Tours in a season is still possible.
“I am still convinced that you can do the Giro-Tour double,” he said. “We were second here, and with 70km of TT that were not favorable to me. Now we go to [the Tour], convinced as always that we can win.”
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