While Tom Dumoulin has decided to take a break from his professional career, the leaders of the Jumbo-Visma team have assured that the Dutchman could return to take part in the next Tour de France.
Will the Jumbo-Visma team field its major trio for the Tour de France? While Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk are almost guaranteed to be among the eight selected riders, the question still seems to arise regarding Tom Dumoulin. The winner of the Tour of Italy 2017 confirmed last January his choice to withdraw from professional cycling, to take a break in his career. Recently guest of the show “Zesdaagse TV” on Dutch television, the boss of the Jumbo-Visma team Richard Plugge returned to the context in which the native of Maastricht made and announced his decision.
” We saw that there was things, but we didn’t see it coming. I think it’s a break, I see him coming back. He needs some time to make up his mind, but I think it will work. I believe it, he confided. I think Tom is fine, he’s having a great vacation now and he’s enjoying it to the fullest. We also gave it plenty of space and tranquility to enjoy it. “Regarding a return of the man who is nicknamed the” Maastricht butterfly “, Richard Plugge confirms that it will not be done with a snap of the fingers. ” He sends us a message from time to time about how he is doing. We also agreed to this with Tom, adds the boss of the Jumbo-Visma team. If he calls tomorrow, it will take us a few more weeks to get back in shape. But we keep the door open. “
A position that was confirmed by Grischa Niermann, sports director of the team, in an interview with the Dutch site WielerFlits, although no certainty is required at the moment. ” We now assume that Tom will not participate in the Tour, assures the former rider. He needs time and he will have it. “But a limit remains fixed all the same, linked to the preparation involved in an event such as the Tour de France. ” Specific preparation for the Tour de France will begin in May. If Tom returns to training before that and reaches a good level, he can be at the start of the Tour in great shape., assures Grischa Niermann. It wouldn’t be fair to exclude it for that. What is certain is that it is up to Tom Dumoulin to make his decision, no matter what.