Tom Dumoulin: ‘It wasn’t the plan to go in the break but I found myself on the front’

The GC star accidentally found himself in the escape at the Critérium du Dauphiné

Tom Dumoulin tries his luck in the breakaway (Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP/ Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Tom Dumoulin said his day in the breakaway at the Critérium du Dauphiné was unplanned, after he found himself in front of a split on the first climb.

The Sunweb leader is riding the week-long stage race to test his recovery from injury suffered early in the Giro d’Italia.

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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.