Du­moulin set on for­get­ting toi­let trou­ble with pink jer­sey his­tory

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Giro d’Italia leader Tom Du­moulin said he is de­ter­mined to eclipse his em­bar­rass­ing toi­let mishap on stage 16 of the race by be­com­ing the first Dutch win­ner of the pink jer­sey.

“I’m not here to write his­tory be­cause I’m s ******* g in the bushes. I’m here to try and write his­tory by win­ning the race in Mi­lan,” Du­moulin said on Wed­nes­day af­ter de­fend­ing his 31-sec­ond lead over Colom­bia’s Nairo Quin­tana af­ter a 17th stage won by French­man Pierre Rol­land.

Tele­vi­sion pic­tures of Du­moulin throw­ing his bike into a grass verge, rip­ping off his cy­cling shorts and re­liev­ing him­self by the side of the road on Tues­day’s ‘Queen’ 16th stage to Bormio went vi­ral.

As well as leav­ing the Dutch­man red-faced, it slashed his overnight lead of 2min 41secs to just 31 sec­onds af­ter he bat­tled valiantly over the for­mi­da­ble Stelvio climb into Bormio to keep the pink jer­sey.

On Wed­nes­day, Du­moulin avoided a re­peat dur­ing a much eas­ier 219 km ride from Ti­rano to Canazei in the scenic Dolomites to main­tain his lead on Quin­tana and a 1min 12sec cush­ion on Italy’s two-time win­ner Vin­cenzo Nibali (Bahrain).

He ad­mit­ted he’d learned a valu­able les­son about eat­ing be­fore and dur­ing the race, but played down sug­ges­tions he will need to make al­liances if he is to keep the dou­ble threat of Quin­tana and Nibali at bay.

Blam­ing a “com­bi­na­tion of a few things” for his toi­let trou­ble, he said: “We have to be fo­cused when it comes to my food in­take, then we’ll solve a lot of the prob­lem.

“I needed to eat (en­ergy) bars, of course, and food in the race. I was wor­ried whether it would be okay, but it was com­pletely fine.”

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