Tom Dumoulin leaves Dauphiné to take extra rest ahead of altitude

Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin won’t start stage seven of the Criterium du Dauphiné, taking no risk with the irritation to his knee. Preparations for Team Sunweb’s Tour de France quest continue on Monday with an important final altitude block.

Team Sunweb physician Camiel Aldershof explained: “This is more a preventative measure than anything. Ahead of the Dauphiné we said we would take no risk, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. This week has been pretty satisfactory; we’ve monitored the situation everyday and of course had ups and downs, but that was to be expected. Initially after feeling good yesterday, the irritation returned during the evening so we decided some extra rest ahead of altitude would be better than continuing to push into the mountains here in France.”

Tom said: “It’s been a solid week of racing and it was good to gain some racing rhythm. Yesterday after the stage I felt pretty good, but during the evening the irritation started to come back. I feel like there’s no need to push it with the knee, so rest is a good option before I continue with a quality training block at altitude.”