Tom Dumoulin will appear at the start of the Vuelta a España next month.

The Jumbo-Visma rider will prepare for the three-week Spanish stage race without altitude training.

"I will not train at heights or in the mountains. The past has taught me that it will be very difficult to compete in a grand tour for the prizes if you have not trained in the mountains. again, "Dumoulin told the

ANP

news agency on Thursday in Imola

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The 29-year-old Dumoulin has just returned from the Tour de France, where he pushed his own classification ambitions aside to ride for Jumbo-Visma for leader Primoz Roglic.

Roglic lost the overall victory on the penultimate day.

It will be the third time for Dumoulin to ride the Vuelta.

In 2012 he had to give up and in 2015 he seemed on his way to the overall victory in Spain, but a breakdown in the penultimate stage was fatal for him.

The Vuelta starts on October 20 and partly overlaps the Giro d'Italia, which was won by Dumoulin in 2017.

Jumbo-Visma will most likely appear in Spain, just like in the Tour, with title defender Roglic at the start in addition to Dumoulin.

Dumoulin is currently preparing for the World Cycling Championships in Italy, where he will start in the time trial on Friday.

On Sunday, the Limburger is the leader of the Dutch team during the road race.

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