The Dutchman had pushed himself to the limit in order to deliver a Giro d’Italia victory over Nairo Quintana and it seems to have finally caught up with him as he declined to turn up for Stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse yesterday.
It’s hardly surprising as a mere 5 days after the biggest win of his professional cycling career he was back on a bike at the inaugural Hammer Series in London. And then the weekend after that, the Tour de Suisse kicked off.
Dumoulin is a notorious time trialist but could only manage fifth in the opening day time trial event. It was clear to all watching that fatigue had set in as he contributed to the sprint lead-out for Matthews and didn’t compete for general classification.
His team, Sunweb, stated that he had to withdraw from the Tour due to effects of “an intensive and demanding racing period”.
Sunweb coach Marc Reef said that “Before heading to Switzerland we already knew that our expectations would be taken day by day with Tom. At the uphill finish of stage 4 we monitored increased fatigue and yesterday we tried it once again,”
“The conclusion was that it wasn’t worth continuing to battle and we would rather him recharge his batteries once again for next week’s nationals before taking a break in July, ahead of the second part of the season.”