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A bruised knee will not let Tom Dumoulin play one of the top favorites in the Tour de France. The Dutch cyclist has an inflammation in his knee, which he was beating at the Gir d'Italia a month ago, and the treatment stretched for longer than he wanted. The tour will begin on July 6 in Brussels. Last year, Dumoulin finished second.
The 28-year-old Dutchman was one of the main candidates for the overall triumph, especially after four-time defending champion Chris Froome was absent from the tournament after a serious accident. But the fall of the first week of Tour does not let him go to the "Old Lady."
"Last month was incredibly challenging overall. Just because of what happened at the Tour, I enjoyed the Tour even more, but my knee is not good and it is not possible to fight for the title in July. I have to listen to the body and give up the unrealistic goal, "Dumoulin said in a statement from his Sunweb stable.
Knee tested last week on Critériu du Dauphiné, but after six steps, he resigned. He returned to his inflammation and subsequently underwent minor surgery.
Since the Grand Tour races, Dumoulin was the only one to date from the Tour in 2017. Last year's Tour de France finished second behind Briton Geraint Thomas. After rethinking the plans, he will now focus on the Vuelta around the turn of August and September.