Tom Dumoulin not convinced he will target the 2017 Tour de France

Giant-Alpecin's Tom Dumoulin will wait for the routes of the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España to be announced before finalising his plan for 2017

Tom Dumoulin at the 2016 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Tom Dumoulin says he is keeping his options open having seen the 2017 Tour de France route, claiming it does not suit his skill set perfectly due to the lack of time trial kilometres.

A short time trial on stage one and a 23km test around Marseille on stage 20 are the only stages against the clock in 2017, with a focus more on short, sharp mountains set out by organisers ASO.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.