PARIS – Former Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin will miss this year’s Tour de France through injury, the Dutchman said in a statement on Thursday.
Dumoulin, expected to compete with defending champion Geraint Thomas for the title next month, also pulled out of this season’s Giro in June due to a knee problem.
He joins four-time winner Chris Froome as another Tour favourite ruled out of this year’s race, after the Team Ineos rider suffered a devastating crash at last week’s Criteium du Dauphine.
“The last month has been extremely difficult overall, and with the setbacks in the knee recovery,” he said on Team Sunweb’s website.
“After what happened at the Giro I really wanted to go for it in the Tour, but this week, I realised it’s just not realistic for my level to be there in time,” he added.