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Giro d'Italia and world time trial champion had a frustrating start to his 2018 season in the Gulf this week...

It’s been a frustrating few days for Giro d’Italia and world time trial champion Tom Dumoulin at the Abu Dhabi Tour.

The race was the 27-year-old Team Sunweb rider’s first of 2018.

However, a problem with his bike’s electronic shifting saw him finish a disappointing 12th in Friday’s individual time trial, where he debuted the rainbow bands.

There was more frustration in today’s final stage, where Dumoulin suffered another mechanical problem.

Out of contention for the overall, he was working for team mate Wilco Kelderman today ad, having finished his turn at the front of the group chasing the race leaders, was still riding to try and secure himself a high position on GC.

Another mechanical scuppered his chances of that, though – and Dumoulin’s disappointment was evident as he threw his bike to the side, while making his feelings abundantly clear.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.