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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
Shrugging off the aches and scrapes from his crash on Sunday, Geraint Thomas put in an impressive performance on Tuesday. He finished second in the stage 10 time trial, 49 seconds behind the winner Tom Dumoulin, and beating all the other race contenders.
For a rider who was badly injured two days ago, the fight back was impressive. “I’m lucky to still be in the race, really,” he said afterwards. “It was just about giving it everything today and seeing what happened. The legs are pretty good but my arm is still sore. I’m happy with how it went.
“It’s easy to think about what could have been. You’ve just got to forget about that and what’s been is done. There’s a lot of racing still left. I’m not going to give up and I’m going to fight all the way. We’ll see where that puts me.”
He is now 11th overall, five minutes and 33 seconds behind Dumoulin. His priority is to fully get over the effects of his crash and perform as well as he possibly can. “I want to take it day by day now and hopefully I can recover over the next three stages,” he said. “Tomorrow is a super hard day, then we’ve got two flat days. So hopefully I can recover. It’s a hell of a task now but we’ll see how it goes.”
Teammate Mikel Landa was even more affected by Sunday’s crash, but was able to continue in the race after getting the all clear on Monday. “My legs didn’t feel too bad,” he said. “I felt better than yesterday. During the stage I was able to really focus on the time trial and the race again. It was a nice feeling.”