Giro 2017 Stage 18: Tejay outfoxes Landa; Domoulin toys with rivals

This Giro just goes from one controversy to another, it seems. But it also has some amazing moments – and we got both today at Stage 18. First, the joy. Tejay van Garderen finally took his first Grand Tour win, just days after doubting himself and his abilities. After outsprinting breakmate Mikel Landa, he sobbed uncontrollably with the relief of it all. Controversy? Seems Tom Dumoulin (still in pink) wasn’t enamoured with the (lack of) tactics from Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali.
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Giro 2017 Stage 17: Rolland ends Cannondale dry spell

Pierre Rolland finally gifts Cannondale-Drapac with a long-awaited stage win in a Grand Tour by taking Stage 17 of #Giro100, while GC contenders took a quiet approach before the looming hard stages ahead. Young Jan Polanc cut his deficit both in GC and the young riders’ classification with the help of his Slovenian compatriot Matej Mohoric. And no change overall, apart from Adam Yates leaving the top 10 – Tom Dumoulin is still in pink.
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Giro 2017 Stage 16: Nibali bites while Dumoulin survives

The Giro Queen stage served up a piquant dish of the day redolent with rich drama and spiced with controversy. It’s fair to say the antipasta was a little bland, but boy did the last course on the Umbrailpass deliver. Vincenzo Nibali attacked on the last climb and rode the descent like all the beasts of hell had been released and were on his back wheel to catch long time leader Mikel Landa and out-sprint him to the line. Tom Dumoulin had an unexpected toilet trip in the bushes before the last ascent. As the GC contenders rode away without a backward glance he rode alone to save his maglia rosa – albeit with his lead slashed from 2:41 to 31secs. The Giro is NEVER over until the last stage is finished!
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