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Tom Dumoulin frustrated by Quintana and Nibali after Giro d'Italia Stage 18

Josh Cunningham
25 May 2017

'I hope they lose their podium places' says current Giro leader, accusing the two riders of being too focused on him

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) put in an impressive performance on Stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia, retaining the pink jersey and his 31 second lead over 2nd place Nairo Quintana (Movistar) as Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) took the stage win.

But the Dutchman nonetheless appeared frustrated with his main GC competitors - Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merdia) - after the stage, saying that he hopes that the two lose their podium places by the finish in Milano. 

The frustration comes as a result of both Quintana and Nibali appearing to focus their attention solely on Dumoulin, while other GC competitors, such as Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R), rode away.

During the final stages of the race Dumoulin could be seen motioning to both Quintana and Nibali that they should ride together in order to chase down the others, before raising the issue with Quintana again after the stage. 

'I was feeling good in the final. I didn't lose any time to Quintana or Nibali,' Dumoulin told Eurosport after the stage. 

'I did lose a little bit of time to the other contenders, because Vincenzo [Nibali] and Nairo [Quintana] were only focusing on my wheel.

'It was a bit of a strange tactic because their podium spot is also in danger now.'

'I'd really like to see them lose it [the podium] after this kind of riding,' Dumoulin then ventured. 

'[Thibaut] Pinot is a really good time triallist,' he said in reference to the final 30km stage in Milan, which comes after two more stages over mountainous terrain.

'It's a danger that they let him take a minute... but I hope Pinot takes the podium spot.'

After today's stage, Pinot sits in 4th, 24 seconds behind third-placed Nibali, and 1'36" behind Dumoulin.