On the second ascent of the Umbrailpass on the Giro d’Italis’s queen stage, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) was forced to pull over on the side of the road when nature called. In doing so, the race leader lost contact with the lead group which contained rivals Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ).
The 220 km Stage 16 was bound to create drama but this turn of events created controversy as the race leader could not respond to his rivals with his legs when his bowels did not cooperate.
Movistar and Bahrain-Merida immediately took advantage of the evolving race situation taking advantage of the race leader’s impromptu nature break to up the pace. With 31-km to race, Dumoulin was isolated with not enough teammates around to help pace him back to the peloton.
Social media imeditielely took note to debate whether attacking the race leader was fair and to make jokes.
Social Media Reactions
Emergency nature break for Tom Dumoulin 💩 #Giro100
— the Inner Ring (@inrng) May 23, 2017
Nibz is an old hand at taking advantage of bad luck.
— nyvelocity (@nyvelocity) May 23, 2017
Seriously though, his rivals didn’t overcook the corner and crash. It’s part of cycling.
Dumoulin didn’t need to wait. But he did. https://t.co/1o0KHHnow9
— Scott O'Raw (@velocast) May 23, 2017
@velocast Maybe he shouldn’t have? A killer instinct is often required to win these things. Does Dumoulin have it?
— Cillian Kelly (@irishpeloton) May 23, 2017
Brave man putting his hand there… pic.twitter.com/SmQLhCs1UP
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) May 23, 2017
— CyclingHub (@CyclingHubTV) May 23, 2017
— Richard Moore (@richardmoore73) May 23, 2017
Is Dumoulin still in the pink or the brown? #giro100
— Neil Browne (@neilbrownecom) May 23, 2017