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Downturn for Dumoulin in the first Giro mountain stage: ‘Body does not respond as I want’ | NOW

Tom Dumoulin cannot explain why he was unable to join the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday. In the stage with the arrival at Etna, the Limburger had to unload, which means that he can forget a serious role in the general classification.

“I’ve worked very hard for it, but it just doesn’t come out,” 31-year-old Dumoulin concluded at Eurosport after the first mountain stage in the Giro d’Italia.

The Jumbo-Visma leader, who still won the Giro d’Italia in 2017, lost more than six minutes on the flanks of Etna on his competitors. He passed the finish line 9.10 minutes behind stage winner Lennard Kämna.

“The body doesn’t react the way I want,” Dumoulin continued disappointed. “My legs were full and I just don’t have the power from a few years ago. What’s the problem? I can’t say now. I prepared exactly the same as all those other years.”

The Tour of Italy is Dumoulin’s first major tour since the autumn of 2020. The Limburger took a break last year due to motivation problems. He did take Olympic silver in the time trial in Tokyo last summer.

Like Dumoulin, Mathieu van der Poel also had a tough day in Italy. He started the day in pink, but had to give it up to Spaniard Juan Pedro López, who crossed the finish line shortly after stage winner Kämna. Van der Poel followed at more than 22 minutes.

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