Britain?s Steve Cummings (Barloworld) finished 63rd in the mountain time trial, venting his anger on the steep climb after a frustrating day in the Dolomites on Sunday.
Cummings is riding well and will comfortably make it Milan but is angry about dozens of other riders hanging onto team cars and accepting pushes on the climbs.
?It was really bad on the mountain stage in the Dolomites on Sunday,? Cummings told Cycling Weekly.
?On one big climb 30 or 40 guys were well behind on the mountain, we could see them down the road, but they caught us because they were hanging onto team cars and getting massive pushes.?
?They probably wouldn?t have made the time cut if they?d ridden without help and should have been thrown out of the race.?
?It cracks you when people cheat like that. And it?s frustrating because those same guys will probably chase me down or try and go in a break with me on stages 17 to Locarno and stage 18 to Varese. It really pisses me off.?
After Barloworld lost team leader Mauricio Soler with an injured wrist, Cummings and team mate Geraint Thomas will have a free hand to get in breaks in the rest of the Giro.
They will try to recover as much as possible during Tuesday?s rest day before going on the attack on the two flat stages on Wednesday and Thursday.
?I?m going to have a go and see what I can do,? he said.
?I?m feeling pretty good. I?ve got a bit of a cold but I?ll be fine.?
?I?m happy with my ride in the time trial and I?m happy with my form. I started hard to make sure I got to the first checkpoint in less than 23 minutes. I was worried someone would do a time of 38 minutes and so that would have made for a short time limit.?
?The best time was only 40 minutes and so you can see that everyone is tired. The Giro has been tough because there have been too many hard stages one after the other.?
GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: STAGE REPORTS
Stage 16: Pellizotti wins mountain time trial
Stage 15: Sella strikes again in the mountains
Stage 14: Sella wins first Giro mountains stage
Stage 13: Easy victory for super-fast Cavendish
Stage 12: Bennati gets photo finish verdict over Cavendish
Stage 11: Bertolini wins hilly stage
Stage 10: Bruseghin wins Giro d’Italia time trial
Stage nine: Cavendish misses out in sprint
Stage eight: Ricco wins again
Stage seven: Di Luca, Ricco and Contador gain time on rivals
Stage six: Italians clean up
Stage five: Millar denied by snapped chain
Stage four: Cavendish wins
Stage three: Bennati romps home
Stage two: Ricco wins Giro d’Italia second stage
Stage one TTT: Slipstream wins Giro team time trial
GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: NEWS
Six Brits finish mountain time trial [stage 16]
Cavendish disappointed after missing out in Giro sprint
Can Cavendish win the Giro today? [stage 12]
Aggressive Cummings comes away empty handed [stage six]
Millar speaks out after missing out in Giro [stage five]
Reaction to Cavendish’s Giro stage win
Cav hits back at Pozzato’s snipe
Cavendish: This is my biggest win [stage four]
Millar celebrates Slipstream Giro d’Italia success
Bettini looking for final Giro glory
Astana’s troubled build-up to the Giro
Petacchi banned for Salbutamol positive
Yates and Astana make last minute rush to Giro
GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: PHOTOS
Giro d’Italia 2008: Photo gallery, week two – new photos added daily
Giro d’Italia 2008: Photo gallery, week one.
GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: FEATURES
Cycling Weekly’s all-time list of British pro winners
Giro d’Italia 2008: Rest day review (May 19)
Rest day 1: How the favourites are doing
Giro Britannia part two: From rule Britannia to cruel Britannia
Tuesday Comment (May 13): Why Cavendish is a bona fide world-class star
Giro Britannia: how the Brits are doing in Italy
Giro d’Italia 2008 preview
Giro d’Italia 2008: who will win?
Giro d’Italia 2008: The British are coming
Giro d’Italia on Eurosport: TV schedule