Bouwman 'lands a big one' with Giro d'Italia stage win

Koen Bouwman after winning stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia
Koen Bouwman after winning stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

As he faced the press after winning stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia, keen amateur fisherman Koen Bouwman recognised he had "netted a big one" with his first Grand Tour victory. He also pointed out that "when two of you are fishing for something in a group of four, you're more likely to catch something."

Bouwman was referring to his Jumbo-Visma teammate Tom Dumoulin who was part of the four-man breakaway and who proved instrumental in helping his compatriot to land that fish in a day of hot and mountainous racing through southern Italy. 

Dumoulin's role in shaping a positive outcome on stage 7 for his team represented a huge boost to his morale after his GC hopes imploded on the slopes of Mount Etna.

Bouwman expressed confidence, too, that after such a strong fight back, Dumoulin's chances of his going for stage wins remain more than possible through to the Giro's final time trial in Verona.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.