Sunweb coach Marc Reef: Tom Dumoulin is better than last year
May 22 2018 07:11 pm CET

Sunweb coach Marc Reef: Tom Dumoulin is better than last year
Sunweb coach Marc Reef: Tom Dumoulin is better than last year
Tom Dumoulin wearing the rainbow kit

Sunweb coach Marc Reef believes that Tom Dumoulin is in better shape than during the last Giro d'Italia, despite trailing to Simon Yates in the battle for Pink.

While the odds are against the Dutchman taking a second consecutive victory at the Italian grand tour, Reef believes that this isn't down to the rider's shape whatsoever.

"I think it's fair to conclude that Tom is a bit better than last year," he told NUsport in the Netherlands. "Especially uphill. Last year he always lost time in the difficult mountain stages and now he limits the damage.

"It's just that in this edition of the Giro, one person is much better than the rest. If you took (Simon) Yates out of the equation, Tom would be leading the classification after two weeks even though this Giro has been much heavier so far than the last."

Reef doesn't expect big time gaps during Tuesday's time trial, in which Dumoulin hopes to make a difference and get back into the fight for the top spot.

"In the best case, Dumoulin reduces the gap to less than a minute. And then you just need to hope for a bad moments for Yates in the last days."




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