Tom Dumoulin starts season in Tour of Oman, but Olympics is big target

Despite a strong performance in last year’s Vuelta a España, Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin is delaying any Grand Tour attempts and focussing on Olympic Games time trial glory in Rio

Tom Dumoulin

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Giant-Alpecin’s Tom Dumoulin confirmed the Olympic Games time trial will be his main focus for 2016, dispelling rumours he would attempt to win the Giro d'Italia in May.

Talking ahead of the Tour of Oman, where he begins his season on Tuesday, the 25-year-old told reporters he would postpone any Grand Tour attempts for a year.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.