Tom Dumoulin casts doubts over Tour de France 2019 participation

The Dutchman says he doesn't think the parcours of the 2019 Tour will suit him

Tom Dumoulin at the 2018 Tour de France (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) has cast doubt over his participation in the 2019 Tour de France, and could target the Giro d'Italia instead.

The Dutchman says he believes the 2019 Tour de France route is "far from ideal" and doesn't play to his strengths. Dumoulin thrives off time trials and more manageable mountain top finishes, but next year's Tour has just 27km of individual effort against the clock and numerous high-mountain finishes over 2,000m.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).