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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
On Monday Nairo Quintana conceded that it would be difficult to hold on to the Maglia Rosa in the Giro’s stage 10 time trial, recognising that time trial specialists such as Tom Dumoulin were sufficiently close to strike. He did indeed give up the pink jersey, but by a margin that he didn’t anticipate.
Quintana was two minutes and 53 seconds back, although his placing of 23rd was respectable for a pure climber. He is now seconds overall, two minutes 23 behind the Dutchman.
“We lost more time than we expected, though my legs felt well today,” he said. “It was a very windy course, which also played against me, and we always had in mind that Dumoulin could make a big gain today, which he proved with an excellent performance. He’s just shown how great of a specialist he is.”
Quintana was generous in his assessment of the new race leader Dumoulin, and also last year’s winner. “He’s showing also great form on the climbs, so he probably is the biggest contender for pink from now,” he said. “Nibali also fared really strong, and the forces against the other main GC guys seem to be pretty much balanced. We must continue to keep an eye on everyone.”
There are plenty more climbs ahead, though, and Quintana knows he will have opportunities. “We’ll wait and see how we can build on this, seek for new strategies and gain terrain back for the next few days to try and get that Maglia Rosa back,” he said. “It’s always hard to swallow when you lose a leader’s jersey, but I’ve got strong hopes: our team is fantastic, I’m in good condition and, with all mountains remaining in this Giro, we must keep digging and try to bounce things back.”