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by Shane Stokes
May 10, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: UAE rider Polanc wins atop Mt. Etna at Giro d’Italia, Jungels moves into maglia rosa; Debusschere takes stage one of Four Days of Dunkirk; Froome shaken after hit and run incident in France; Nibali loses Moreno after disqualification for fighting; New race leader Jungels sees Giro as career milestone, but uncertain about chances of holding pink; Thomas jumps to second thanks to finish-line bonus; Zakarin only race contender to break elastic; Dennis out of Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I felt good on the climb; ‘A metre matters’ legislation likely to pass Victorian upper house tomorrow; We want to hear your feedback! Please take the CyclingTips reader survey; Audio: Six years after his passing, Elke Weylandt remembers brother Wouter’s character; Video: How Eritrean Cycling Made it to the Top of the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – stage four pre-race
Outsprinting Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and a cluster of overall contenders to take third on the stage to Mount Etna, Geraint Thomas jumped from 11th to second overall in the general classification of the Giro d’Italia. The Welshman kept his powder dry on the climb, biding his time due to the headwind, and then surged inside the final 300 metres to grab the time bonus on offer.
This put him six seconds behind the new race leader Bob Jungels (QuickStep Floors), who also finished in the same group. “Today was good,” he said afterwards. “Everyone was kind of watching each other and it didn’t go completely crazy because of headwind towards the top. No one wanted to do too much, but I felt good and it was nice to get a few bonus seconds in the end. It’s a good start. To be so close to pink…okay it would have been nice to have got it, but so far, so good.”
Teammate Mikel Landa had a nervous time due to a puncture with approximately 12 kilometres remaining. He got a wheel from Sebastian Henao while Philip Deignan dropped back and waited for him, then helped him back up to the group of contenders.
“Luckily Sebastian was close and was able to give me his wheel. Philip waited for me a bit and he did some nice work to bring me back to the group. It was not the best day, and I think I paid for those efforts in the final. But I’m happy because I didn’t lose anything. That makes it a good day.”
He is ninth overall, ten seconds back and level on time with third-placed rider Adam Yates (Orica-Scott).