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.
— CyclingHub (@CyclingHubTV) February 25, 2018
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