Dumoulin leaves the Giro

He came out in the fifth stage of the Italian round after the hard fall he suffered yesterday, but after the neutralized zone decided to retire due to knee pain.

Tom Dumoulin took the start in the cold and rainy Frascati, but could barely complete the neutralized zone of the fifth stage and got off the bike. "Tom noticed too much pain in the knee affected by the fall of the previous day, so it was not worth it to continue badly in the race. Our brave leader leaves the Giro and we wish him a speedy recovery, "Sunweb said in a statement.

The champion in 2017 and the second in 2018 tweeted in the morning with optimism:" Injuries hurt me, but I hope to offer the best of me same and finish the day. Fingers crossed". In principle, Dumoulin will fly back to his Maastricht home, where he will save a few days of absolute rest. Then start to roll and will "little by little" to the road "according to the sensations." The Sunweb physician, Stephan Jacolino, allowed him to compete because "no fractures were recorded", but now they will take the rehabilitation "calmly" .

Tras a start of the season rather disappointing, without victories, without the physical tone that Dumoulin himself believed need for the Italian round and with this withdrawal, it seems that the Tour de France will become in July an obligation and a good way to retake the huge level that has characterized him in recent years.

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