Tom Dumoulin says transfer ‘out of the question’ after Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma rumours

A recent report suggested the Dutchman was unhappy with his Sunweb team after a rough start to the season

Tom Dumoulin on stage five of the Giro d'Italia 2019 (photo by Simon Gill/Action Plus via Getty Images)
(Image credit: Action Plus via Getty Images)

Tom Dumoulin has said leaving Sunweb is “out of the question” after rumours of a switch to Team Ineos or Jumbo-Visma began to circulate.

The Dutchman has responded to a report that relations with his Sunweb team were deteriorating after a stricken opening half to 2019.

A host of big teams have expressed their interest in signing the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner, including Ineos, Dutch outfit Jumbo-Visma, CCC Team, UAE Team Emirates and Total-Direct Energie, but Dumoulin has ruled out a transfer.

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The 28-year-old told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: “For years I have been part of a fantastic team where I can proudly work with extremely passionate colleagues.

“A transfer is currently out of the question.”

Rumours of Dumoulin’s dissatisfaction with team management emerged last month, thought to revolve around his crashing out of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and his later pulling out of the Tour de France because of the persisting injury.

After abandoning this year’s Giro on stage five, Dumoulin had surgery to remove a piece of gravel that had been irritating his knee before turning his car around en route to an altitude training camp, and later announcing he would be missing the 2019 Tour de France.

Dumoulin is under contract with German outfit Sunweb until 2021, but the former time trial world champion is a coveted rider.

Jumbo-Visma have publicly shown interest in Dumoulin as they look to win the Tour de France with a home talent, while CCC Team are desperate to find a Grand Tour leader as they are currently racing without a rider capable of general classification victory in major races.

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Dumoulin joined Argos-Shimano in 2012 and has stayed with the team through its many incarnations, and continues to race for the outfit under the Sunweb banner.

After winning the Giro and the TT world championships in 2017, Dumoulin then finished second in both the 2018 Giro and Tour, making him a marked rider for the 2019 season.

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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.