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Tom Dumoulin forced out of 2019 Giro d'Italia with injury

Joe Robinson
15 May 2019

Knee injury proves to painful for former champion to ride on. Photo: Giro d'Italia/RCS

Tom Dumoulin has been forced to abandon the 2019 Giro d'Italia following a crash in the closing kilometres of yesterday's Stage 4. The 28-year-old sustained major bruising and swelling to his left knee after being the highest profile casualty of a large crash during the final 7km of Stage 4 to Frascati on Tuesday.

Dumoulin was able to remount his bike and ride to the finish, flanked by his teammates, crossing the line four minutes after stage winner Richard Carapaz (Moivistar), conceding the same amount of time to race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

Crossing the line with a deep cut, which appeared to be caused by a chainring, Dumoulin hobbled from his bike onto the team bus before being taken immediately to a local hospital for further examinations.

The results showed no major injuries which saw Dumoulin take to the start line of Stage 5 this morning, however, still in pain and with the GC battle lost, the Team Sunweb man decided to abandon shortly after the beginning of Stage 5 from Frascati to Terracina.

His team confirmed his abandonment in a tweet:

It is now expected that the Dutchman will reset his goals to contesting the Tour de France in July, a race he finished second at in 2018.