Tom Dumoulin: If you can get a top ten in Abu Dhabi, you can get a top ten in a Grand Tour

Dutchman says whoever does well in the race's one hill top finish won't gain a massive psychological advantage over the competition in later season races

Tom Dumoulin at the 2016 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin believes that with a stacked field at the Abu Dhabi Tour it will be difficult to achieve a result even in the top ten, despite the course only containing one significant climb.

The Team Sunweb rider, who is taking to the start line for the first time this season, pointed out that the field in Abu Dhabi contains a plethora of high-calibre general classification riders, including Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Bauke Mollema and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Fabio Aru (Astana) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale).

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