Tom Dumoulin: I can't see myself winning the Tour de France without altitude camps

Tom Dumoulin
Tom Dumoulin is waiting out the coronavirus pandemic in Belgium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Jumbo-Visma's Tom Dumoulin was obviously happy to see the revised 2020 calendar the UCI delivered on Wednesday – moving the Tour de France start to August 29 and concluding in Paris on September 20 – but the Dutchman, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2017 and planned to contest the Tour this year, told Cyclingnews that travel restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could complicate training for him and his rivals.

Dumoulin is currently in Belgium and able to ride alone outdoors, but if the pandemic does not improve so that travel restrictions can be lifted, and he is unable to train at altitude for a significant block, then he would be unable to ride for the win at the Tour.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.