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  • No regrets for Tom Dumoulin at Giro d'Italia

    When a rider is beaten by 46 seconds in a race that spanned 3,572 kilometres across three weeks, it is only natural to go back in the mind's eye in search of lost time. After reaching Rome in second place overall at the Giro d'Italia, however, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) evinced no regrets about his race.

    Dumoulin began the final week of the Giro looking for a way to divest one British rider of the maglia rosa, but just as he had finally seen off Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Colle delle Finestre on stage 19, Chris Froome (Team Sky) accelerated off the front with some 80 kilometres to go, never to be seen again. It was, in hindsight, the moment the Giro was won and lost, but having thought it over time and again, Dumoulin believes there was little he could have done.

    "In hindsight, you could say that I could have chased full gas from the top of Finestre behind Froome, but at that moment I made the decision that that would cost me the Giro victory because I was not as good as Froome," Dumoulin said, who instead stayed with a five-man group that included Groupama-FDJ's Thibaut Pinot and Sebastien Reichenbach.

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    "I knew if I made it a duel against him, one on one, then I would eventually lose it, and lose gradually more and more time, so I made the decision to actually gamble that he would crack and that with the help of FDJ we would come closer."

    Froome, of course, never once relented, gaining ground on Dumoulin and company when the road climbed, when it descended and even on a stretch of false flat into a headwind. He reached the finish on the Jafferau three minutes ahead of Richard Carapaz, while Dumoulin came in 3:23 down.

    "If you look back now, maybe I should have done it differently, but at that moment, I made the only right decision and I'm happy with that decision that I made," Dumoulin said. "I didn't expect Froome to go all the way to the finish that strong. So that's not where I lost it. And anywhere else is definitely not where I lost it."

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Steady social ride of about 28 miles, we are riding at the pace of the slower riders........ No Exceptions!

10:15 Saturday 12th May.

Meet Up Spot Mainsforth Cricket Ground Ferryhill DL17 9DQ

View route: https://www.strava.com/clubs/18065/group_events/319243

Ken Pratt passed away peacefully at The Manor House, Barnard Castle on April 13, aged 83 years.

Funeral Service to be held at St. Mary's Church, Gainford, on Wednesday, May 2, at 1.00pm.
Friends please meet at the church.
Donations in lieu of flowers for The Great North Air Ambulance may be given on the plate provided or sent care of John Blenkiron & Sons, Funeral Directors, 19 Galgate, Barnard Castle, DL12 8EQ.

With the 2018 time trial season now underway it is good to see Ferryhill with a strong team riding the Bishop Auckland C C SPOCO event.

Chris Peareth, Andrew Charlesworth, Paul Tyler, Dougan Collins, John Hewison and Howard Heighton.

Have a good ride everybody.

Start Sheet:   https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-entrant-list/16919#anchor

Ferryhill had three riders competing in this event, Andy Watson, John Hewison and Paul Tyler.

https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/16917#anchor

 

Leaving from the Gretna at 9.30am on Sunday 5th November.

Steve promises a cafe that we have not used before.