Tom Dumoulin plans to combine the Tour de France and the Olympic Games next year, even though the events follow one after the other. The acquisition of Jumbo-Visma emphasizes that nothing is certain yet.
"I can imagine that Jumbo-Visma would really like to have me in the Tour and I would like to have myself at the Olympic Games, so that's the most likely scenario," Dumoulin told the NOS .
The 2020 Tour de France ends on July 19, after which the road race at the Games in Tokyo is scheduled for July 25. The Olympic time trial follows four days later.
"But it is also due to the courses and they are not yet known, so I am not going to make any promises yet," says Dumoulin, who agrees that he would have preferred a little more time between the two events.
"It is not the most ideal scenario, so in that case I go full for the Tour and I am convinced that I can add the Olympic Games. I have already shown that (Dumoulin took silver in 2016 in the Olympic time trial , ed. "
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"It's getting better and better"
28-year-old Dumoulin missed a large part of this season due to the knee injury he sustained in the Giro d'Italia. De Limburger is now on the way back and is in the final phase of his recovery.
"It is going very well. I rode Jos van Emden through the Limburg hills for four hours on Saturday and that was my longest training ride to date. A small victory," he says.
"It is getting better and better. I go to the physio, go swimming and actually cycle every day. I have been out for a long time and I notice that. I am not yet the Tom Dumoulin of 2017 or 2018."
It is not yet known when Dumoulin will make his first kilometers in the Jumbo-Visma jersey next season, with many top riders extending their contract this year.