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by Matt de Neef
March 12, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Soler wins chaotic Paris-Nice as De la Cruz takes final-stage victory; Yates wins Stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski moves into race lead; Amy Pieters wins the Ronde van Drenthe; Hayato Okamoto takes Tour de Taiwan lead after stage 1; Nino Schurter’s XCO World Cup streak comes to an end; Langvad on top after Ferrand-Prevot’s mechanical in South Africa; Tom Dumoulin forced out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Doctor who claimed to have supplied drugs to 150 elite sportspeople is struck off; Obree returns to the windtunnel: How fast were his classic TT positions?; Behind the wheel of the Astana team bus.
The chances of world time trial champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) taking the final TT in Tirreno-Adriatico ended when he crashed out of the race on Saturday. The Dutchman fell on a descent and stopped racing, although the diagnosis was better than it might have been.
“Tom has sustained multiple bruises and abrasions to his chest, hand, arm and leg,” said Team Sunweb doctor Chris Jansen. “With no fractures, hospital treatment is not needed but Tom will need to take a few days off the bike before he can resume training.”
Dumoulin had been sitting ninth overall heading into Saturday’s fourth stage, and could potentially have landed a high finishing position in the general classification. His fall ended that. “I’m really disappointed to be out of the race after the crash today,” he said. “I need to accept it, at least there are no fractures. I hope after some days of rest to resume training again and shift my focus to my next goals.”
His team had been hit by bad luck in the race. On Friday, Simon Geschke fell and fractured his left clavicle, while Søren Kragh Andersen was forced to end his own race due to illness. “It’s a shame to see one of our team leaders out of the race, especially with Simon and Søren’s abandon yesterday,” said team coach Marc Reef. “Our focus will now fully shift to Wilco [Kelderman] who’s strong and currently sits ninth overall. With only three riders in support we will need to make a smart plan day by day.”