Jumbo-Visma bounce back from Etna disappointment on the road to Potenza at Giro d’Italia

Until Friday, it is safe to say that Jumbo-Visma had experienced a disappointing opening to this Giro d’Italia. It must have been unusual for a team as successful as the Dutch powerhouse to have to deal with this adversity: first Tom Dumoulin was denied victory on the stage two time trial by five seconds; then he, Tobias Foss and Sam Oomen all lost time on stage four to Mount Etna, with Dumoulin’s GC hopes all but ended that early; then Oomen was part of a freak crash post-stage five.

Quite quickly, the team realised that they would have to reorganise and reshape their entire race plan. They managed it so quickly that on the first stage they could have really won – they don’t have a sprinter at the race – they managed it. Koen Bouwman took his first Grand Tour stage win in an almost comfortable fashion, after one of the hardest days racing possible.

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