Although Tom Dumoulin has no chance for the overall victory in the Vuelta a España after two stages, he remains in the race for the time being to help his teammate Primoz Roglic.

He made that decision together with the Jumbo-Visma team management.

Dumoulin has lost a lot of time in the tough first two stages of Tuesday and Wednesday and said he is empty, partly as a result of the knee injury he suffered earlier.

"It is not for him to be among the very best. We have discussed it and have now found a good mode in it," said sports director Merijn Zeeman of Jumbo-Visma on Thursday before the start of the third Vuelta stage.

"He has a slightly different view now and would like to stay to help the team. We are going to put him on the economy mode today and tomorrow so that he can take good care of himself, get his energy back and be of value at the weekend."

Zeeman does not rule out that it will be decided at a later time to withdraw Dumoulin from the Vuelta.

"As soon as the assessment is that it is not good for him, we make the decision that he will step down. He really wants to contribute and go with the team for the overall victory, but it must also be good for Tom himself."

With Roglic in the red leader's jersey, the course will be set from Lodosa to La Laguna Negra de Venuesa on Thursday.

The stage ends uphill with a first category climb, after the riders have already encountered a third category climb along the way.

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