Dumoulin pulls no punches after narrow Giro d’Italia TT defeat

During Friday’s stage of the Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) reportedly joked with compatriot Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) that he could have the pink jersey for one day, but he wanted to try for it himself on Saturday.

But if Van der Poel duly won the opening stage and took the lead on Friday, 24 hours later Dumoulin was unable to live up to his own good-humoured expectations on Saturday’s time trial by a maddeningly-narrow margin. Instead, the former TT World Champion was beaten into third place by both surprise winner Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Van der Poel himself.

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