Cycling Race Leader Stops In Middle Of Stage To Take A Crap

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Tom Dumoulin abruptly pulled over during stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia today. The reason wasn’t clear, until he took off his gear and squatted to take a roadside crap.

When asked afterward about why he pulled over, Dumoulin explained the obvious: “I needed to take a dump. I could not hold it anymore.”

Dumoulin’s poop break sparked a minor controversy. In stage 15, he had slowed down the peloton after Nairo Quintana crashed, as it’s common to wait for riders after a wreck. After Dumoulin’s emergency, however, Ilnur Zakarin attacked to threaten the Dutchman’s lead. Is a crap the same as a crash? The question of our time.


Vincenzo Nibali ended up winning the stage. Dumoulin is still the race leader, with Quintana 31 seconds behind him.