We asked the pros: should you wait when a rival has problems?

Giro d'Italia riders and staff say the other GC contenders were right not to wait for Tom Dumoulin

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) after finishing stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia ended in controversy as Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) nearly lost the race lead after an ill-timed toilet stop, with some saying that the other main contenders should have waited for the pink jersey.

With 35km and one climb to go on the stage to Bormio, Dumoulin pulled to the right of the road suddenly pulled off his pink jersey and helmet and pulled down his black shorts.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.