Tom Dumoulin is now ready to target Tour de France’s general classification victory after being unable to surpass Froome and grab last week’s Giro d’Italia title.
Dumoulin’s Team Sunweb was the one to first announce their plan to use Dumoulin to target the Tour’s general classification success only a month after letting second biggest Grand Tour’s pink jersey slip through his hands.
Even though Dumoulin was almost sure he would be named in his squad’s Tour de France pack, what he wasn’t completely sure of was whether he would ride for stage wins rather than the yellow Le Tour’s jersey.
“I am very proud of what we’ve already achieved at the Giro and I consider any result that we can take at the Tour de France a bonus for this season,” said Dumoulin.
“My season so far has been focused on the Giro. And the team purposely waited to the make the decision about the Tour until after the Giro had finished. After a good Giro we’ve chosen to go to the Tour with a GC focus, to learn without a specific result in mind.
He also admitted to being very happy for having the chance to do two consecutive Grand Tours for a GC and considers it a great new and learning experience for him: “It will give us some valuable insights for the future,” he added.