Jakob Fuglsang is anything but set up with the maneuver of his Giro competitor Vincenzo Nibali during the Saturday ride. The Dane writes this in his daily column for the newspaper BT. Nibali let his Trek team speed up considerably when competitor Fuglsang had punctured.
After a week of Giro, there are still a handful of favorites left for the overall victory. In addition, ex-winner Vincenzo Nibali (fifth at 1’01 ”from pink jersey Almeida) and Jakob Fuglsang (seventh at 1’19”). The latter suffered a flat tire in the Monte Sant’Angelo descent on Saturday. Nothing wrong at almost a hundred kilometers from the finish, were it not that suddenly the men of Trek-Segafredo started to increase the pace in the peloton. Fuglsang was driven within a minute and had to add all the pillars to get back in front. “It caused some panic in our team car, but fortunately it only lasted a while,” Fuglsang writes in his column in BT. “I wasn’t afraid not to come back, but it was a strange move from Trek. Because there is an unwritten rule that one does not accelerate if the other has a defect. ”
“When we got back into the peloton, several riders were talking about what the hell Trek was doing. They thought it was strange that there had to be extra speed because I had a puncture. I spoke with Larry Warbasse from AG2R, among others. He told me he wouldn’t be friends with Trek and Nibali if he drove for Astana. Rohan Dennis also found it strange that Trek had to drive so fast during the descent. To be very honest, I stayed with Nibali a bit after that. As I drove past him, I told him he’d better watch out the next time he stopped to pee. That he must choose his moment carefully. He didn’t see the fun and went on the defensive. ‘No, no, that was not the intention. If we really wanted to drive, we would have driven full throttle, ‘he replied.
“In principle I have no problem with Nibali. But apparently he has a little more of a problem with me. But we also both fight to win one of the world’s greatest cycling races. You could call it a psychological war. ”
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