Tom Dumoulin retakes leader’s jersey in Giro d’Italia

After finishing in second place on stage four of the Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin retakes the pink leader’s jersey in the hectic finale, as action resumed after yesterday’s rest day. Another good performance for the Giant-Alpecin team was put in by Georg Preidler, who is now fifth overall.

“I was feeling good at the start of the stage. We knew that the finale was hard but we weren’t sure if it was difficult enough to regain the pink jersey.

“We made a plan to pull on the 2nd category climb and we were able to decimate the bunch. From then on the race was completely uncontrollable but we had four guys in the top 10 so we had several cards to play with.

“On the final climb, Georg was really strong and could follow the late attack. Our aim was to play it smart and get in a good position, as there were not a lot of riders left in the bunch.

“It is fantastic to be back in the pink jersey, which is what we were aiming for at the start of today.

“Once again my main focus for this Giro is on the time trials. I didn’t have any specific general classification preparation in terms of an altitude training camp. So I don’t expect my level to be good enough to compete in the high mountains during the last week.”