Tom Dumoulin: 'I realised at kilometre zero today was going to be a bad day'

The Dutchman lost his grip of the maglia rosa on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, but managed to remain upbeat with two stages ahead

Tom Dumoulin on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Tom Dumoulin suffered a "bad day" in the Giro d'Italia's 19th stage to Piancavallo and slipped out of the pink jersey lead, saying that "I hope this is not the beginning of the end."

The Dutchman rolled to the black Sunweb team bus still in the famous maglia rosa, but technically not in it after losing 1-09 minutes and slipping to 38 seconds behind new race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on the 15-kilometre climb in Italy's northeast.

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