Jumbo-Visma confirms Tom Dumoulin will miss Tour de France
Tom Dumoulin has been confirmed to miss this year’s Tour de France, with Jumbo-Visma giving way to Dutchman to emerging talent Jonas Vingegaard.
Dumoulin was named alongside Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk as one of the three leaders of the Dutch squad when they announced their squad of eight in January.
However, a day later Dumoulin announced his decision to put his career on hold and take a break from cycling.
Although recent reports that Dumoulin was on the Dutch federation’s vaccination list for the Olympics, suggesting a comeback was near, he will not participate in the Tour, which kicks off in Brittany on June 26.
“The team and I have decided to take time off with a schedule unknown to our beautiful sport,” said Dumoulin in January. “For too long I feel a lot of pressure to perform and I feel like I always want to do the best for the team, for all the sponsors, the fans etc. But in this process, I forgot myself a bit. I forgot what I really want in this sport and with my future.
On Monday morning, Jumbo-Visma announced that Dumoulin’s place would go to Vingegaard, who is having a decisive season in his third year as a pro.
The 24-year-old won a mountain top finish on the UAE Tour before winning two stages and the overall title at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali. He took another big step forward with second place overall in Itzulia Basque Country, where Roglic was on the top step in a one-two team. Vingegaard has spent the last week working for Roglic in the Ardennes Classics, as he had already successfully done on his Grand Tour debut at Vuelta a España last year.
“I am of course very happy with this,” said Vingegaard. “It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve always watched the Tour on TV so it’s really nice to be given a spot in the Tour selection.
“I am very happy with my development, because I have indeed made a pretty big improvement. I hope I can get even better. By helping Primoz and Steven I can go one step further and learn a lot. The Tour is something different from the Vuelta, but it will definitely be a great experience again.
Vingegaard was one of the many suitors identified by Jumbo-Visma when Dumoulin withdrew. His results have been hard to ignore, as has his growing relationship with Roglic, and his graduation from the Tour team can be seen as a step in his own development as a future Grand Tour contender.
“We took Jonas to the squad in 2019 because we saw that he was really talented. He showed it right away, ”said team manager Grischa Niermann. “Last year he rode a really strong Vuelta to support Primoz. He also showed for the first time that he could play a crucial role in high mountains, in the Alps and in the Pyrenees.
“We think he will play a really important role in the Tour. His selection is a reward for his good results. In theory, Jonas could be a Grand Tour contender himself. He also has a good time trial. But it needs time for its development. In this regard, nothing better than doing a Grand Tour with Steven and Primoz, supporting them and learning from them. “