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Dumoulin out of Tirreno-Adriatico through illness

Dumoulin out of Tirreno-Adriatico through illness

12/02/2020 at 12:17Updated 12/02/2020 at 15:51

Tom Dumoulin will miss Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico after pulling out of an altitude camp due to illness.

The Dutchman was due to make his long-awaited to return to cycling after eight months on the sidelines because of a knee injury sustained in a crash during the 2019 Giro d'Italia.

The Jumbo-Visma rider was due to race the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana but was forced out just two days ahead of the race also through illness.

Milan-San Remo was expected to mark Dumoulin's return but having been unable to attend the altitude camp to prepare for the condition he was deemed unable to compete.

"Unfortunately I had to abandon Valencia last week. I would’ve flown to altitude camp this Thursday to prepare the next races, but we have to postpone until I feel 100% again," Dumoulin announced on his Instagram.

"We will change my racing schedule by skipping Tirreno and MSR to allow me the time I need to get back on full strength again. It’s such a shame because I was feeling amazing and I couldn’t wait for the season to start."

The illness, while seemingly not too serious, will come as a disappointment after Jumbo-Visma said in December that Dumoulin would have no limitations for the 2020 season after fully recovering from his knee injury.

The 29-year-old has still been named in the squad's team for the Tour de France and plans to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the summer.

"Too bad I need to wait a little longer now. To quote the famous philosopher RUN DMC: ‘It’s like that, and that’s the way it is", Dumoulin added.

In the off-season, the Dutchman broke contract with his former Team Sunweb squad to join Jumbo-Visma.