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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
Making his Giro d’Italia debut in place of participation in the 2017 Tour de France was a tactic used by the BMC Racing Team to help Tejay van Garderen get over what had been a different 2016 Tour de France for him and, so far, things are going well.
The American rider finished with the other main contenders atop Mount Etna, crossing the line in the group led in for third by Geraint Thomas, and placing 15th himself. The placing saw van Garderen move up to 11th overall.
“It was quite good,” he said afterwards. “It was a bit of a hectic lead-in to the mountain but I felt good on the climb,” he said. “The last part was a pretty stiff headwind. You saw a couple of guys make moves but not really go anywhere. Zakarin got away in the final but for the most part everyone just cancelled each other out. I think legs are a bit too fresh and we are going to have to wait until later to see some big action. But I am kind of starting to get a sense, judging by facial expressions and body language, how the rivals are.”
Importantly, given his demoralizing Tour, he is feeling good about the Giro. “It is really nice. I have got to say I am really enjoying this Giro. I don’t know, it is just a different flavour, a different feel. It is fun.”
Van Garderen is now 11th overall, ten second behind the new overall leader Bob Jungels. He appeared to suggest the latter is not a contender for the overall. “Bob is a good rider. He will be happy to keep pink maybe through the TT, but once we hit that third week, it is a different ball game.”