Giant-Alpecin coach cautious about predicting Dumoulin's Grand Tour future

Tom Dumoulin may have come close to winning the Vuelta a España, but a Giant-Alpecin coach says that's more down to the big names not being at full strength

Tom Dumoulin after losing the Leaders Jersey on Stage 20 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana

(Image credit: Watson)

The Vuelta a España came down to the wire this year, but the form and fitness of the overall contenders may have been lacking. Tom Dumoulin's team Giant-Alpecin trainer suggested that the circumstances may have allowed new stars to shine.

Dumoulin, 24, was one of the surprise stars of this year's three-week Spanish tour. He morphed from time trialist to someone who can climb and contend for the overall.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.