Tom Dumoulin shows his Giro d’Italia journey has distance still to run

Tom Dumoulin’s preparation for this Giro d’Italia was meticulously plotted. Two training camps, one in Colombia and the other on Mount Teide, were key landmarks on his long road back to challenging in a three-week race. Data was parsed and analysed. Strategies were discussed and assessed.

And then, halfway up Mount Etna on stage 4, all those plans went up in smoke. Dumoulin was distanced from the group of overall contenders. Ten meters on the climb’s steepest slopes became 10 minutes by the time he reached the barren summit. What now?

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