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The wait for Tom Dumoulin's return continues

Joe Robinson
12 Feb 2020

The Dutchman will now not return to bike racing until early April

Tom Dumoulin's return to professional bike racing will not happen until April as illness forces him to skip Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico. The Dutchman was due to make his racing return from injury after eight months on the sidelines at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana last week. However, a bout of illness saw him withdraw just days before.

Initially, the illness did not seem too serious yet Dumoulin has since confirmed that due to not feeling '100% fit', he was forced into missing an altitude camp which will now have the knock-on effect of seeing him skip both Milan San-Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico in March.

Writing on his Instagram page, Dumoulin said: 'I would’ve flown to altitude camp this Thursday to prepare the next races, but we have to postpone until I feel 100% again. We will change my racing schedule by skipping Tirreno and MSR [Milan-San Remo] to allow me the time I need to get back on full strength again.'

In the off-season, the 29-year-old Dutchman broke contract with his former Team Sunweb squad to join Jumbo-Visma

This transfer happened during Dumoulin's long recovery process from a knee injury sustained at last year's Giro d'Italia, something that forced Dumoulin into several surgeries to fix the problem.

In December, his new Jumbo-Visma team had declared him fully fit for the 2020 season and also announced that he, alongside Vuelta a Espana champion Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk, would lead the team at the Tour de France in July.

It now seems, however, that Dumoulin will not make his Jumbo-Visma debut until April at the Tour of the Basque Country.

This will leave Dumoulin with just the Basque Country, Ardennes Classics and Criterium du Dauphine as race days before the Tour this July.

Sustained setbacks, especially when joining a new team, could affect the morale of a rider but for Dumoulin, it seems as if sprits are still high and that he is taking guidance from his favourite 1980s Hip Hop group.

'It’s such a shame because I was feeling amazing and I couldn’t wait for the season to start. Too bad I need to wait a little longer now. To quote the famous philosopher RUN DMC: "It’s like that, and that’s the way it is".'