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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
Having lost three minutes and 46 seconds on Sunday’s ninth stage to Blockhaus, Tejay Van Garderen was once again below par in the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday. The American rider, who is normally a strong time trialist, was only 43rd in the race against the clock, losing four minutes 16 seconds to Tom Dumoulin.
The result saw him slip from 13th to 17th overall. He is now seven minutes 42 seconds off the pink jersey. Teammate Ben Hermans fared better, netting 18th on the stage and staying 20th overall.
“We were expecting a little bit more,” said directeur sportif Max Sciandri. “But, these are time trials, not tactical, but more pacing yourself, pure power and effort. So yes, we were expecting more but I’m still optimistic.
“We’ll change our strategy a little bit. Maybe we move earlier on stages, we look for stage results and we put ourselves back in GC. I’m still thinking forward.”
Hermans said that he came to the race lacking intensity due to injuries and illnesses in the past two months. He is pleased where he is at. “I’m pretty happy with the time that I got. Now I think I am getting better and better and I hope to reach my best shape in the next two weeks. You never know, it can always go the opposite way but I hope I will get only better.”