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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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Details of the 2017 Joe Porter Lunch will be published later in the year

More information can be obtained from the Chairman Howard Jones.

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The Ferryhill Wheelers C.C. Annual General Meeting will take place at 8.00pm on Monday December 5th at the Catholic Club Dean Road Ferryhill DL17 8ET.

As you may know club member and all round great lad Gert Gammelin is moving to New Zealand in January. To Give him a send off from the Wheelers we're having a social ride on the 18th December. This date coincides with the annual Holly Run so we're combining the two.
If you would like something to eat at The Countryman Bolam please let Steve Davies know as he usually sorts out this side of things. 09:30 start at the Gretna getting to The Countryman for 12:30
Hopefully we will have a good turnout for a guy who has well supported and represented the club many times during its recent history.

 
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Twenty two riders left from the Gretna on a cold, but dry morning.

Fourteen riders were doing the 100 mile ride and eight riders were doing the 100 km distance.They were joined by another group at Darlington. 

Ray Johnson, Rob Liddell Daniel Simpson and Shaun Wakes came back from the 100 km ride in 4 hours 14 minutes, including a cafe stop at Rootz.

Followed by Derrick Cook and Trevor Corner in 4 hours 36 minutes.

First back on the 100 mile ride was James Alder, Cycleways SG Petch,  in 5 hours 40 minutes followed 15 seconds later by Henry Johnson, Cycleways SG Petch.

Mark Hansom Ferryhill Wheelers was the third rider home in 5 hours 53 minutes.

Other ferryhill riders to complete the course were Gert Gammelin, John Marshall, Gary Taylor and Carl Mustill. Keith Birbeck had ridden down from Sedgefield and turned off at Great Stainton to go back to Sedgefield.

 

Thanks to everyone who turned out and well done. Hopefully the weather will be as good next year.