Tom Dumoulin out of Il Lombardia


Tom Dumoulin Laurens ten Dam

After falling ill on the eve of the final Monument of the season, Tom Dumoulin is forced to not start Il Lombardia tomorrow, leaving Milano-Torino as his final race of the 2017 season. Dumoulin will be replaced by Laurens Ten Dam. 

Team Sunweb’s physician Anko Boelens explained: “Tom has woken up with flu and a sore throat and we have made the decision to take him out of the race. He will need a few days of rest to be able to fully recover.”

The team’s Il Lombardia coach Aike Visbeek said: “With Tom not starting tomorrow we miss one of our leaders so we have taken another look at our tactical plan for the race. Although with such a strong line-up we are confident that we will end our time in Italy on a high.

“Warren [Barguil] remains our leader for the race and both Wilco [Kelderman] and Sam [Oomen] will now stay focused on supporting him for the final. After a strong ride at yesterday’s Milano-Torino, we would also like to have Chris [Hamilton] together with Laurens [Ten Dam] to help positioning the guys in the front. After doing a course recon we have seen that this is a really demanding course and we look forward to a challenging day tomorrow.”