Tom Dumoulin reveals illness is intestinal parasites

The Dutch star has been forced to delay the start of his season

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Tom Dumoulin has revealed the illness that has delayed the start of his 2020 season is intestinal parasites.

The Dutch Grand Tour star was looking to start the new season with a bang as he races in Jumbo-Visma colours for the first time, but his run of bad luck has continued.

Dumoulin was forced to pull out of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana on the eve of the race due to illness, later announcing that he would also be skipping Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo.

In his latest update on Instagram, Dumoulin said he is now taking medication after discovering he has intestinal parasites but he is already back to training.

The 29-year-old said: “As you all know, I had not been feeling well recently.

“Last week we found parasites in my gut and since then I started medication.

“I am feeling much better as I have had good training sessions today and over the weekend. I’m looking forward to planning my season start and next goals very soon. I’ll keep you posted.”

Dumoulin had a tough 2019 season, suffering a nasty knee injury in the opening week of the Giro d’Italia which took him out of the rest of the season.

After a brief return at the Critérium du Dauphiné, he has been absent from the peloton to give himself a chance to recover.

During his recovery, Dumoulin announced he would be leaving Sunweb after seven years to join Dutch team Jumbo-Visma.

He is now expected to make his debut for Jumbo at the Tour of the Basque Country in April.

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Dumoulin is building his season around the Tour de France, where he is expected to fight for the yellow jersey alongside his new team-mates Primož Roglič and Steven Kruijswijk.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.