Tom Dumoulin is still a Grand Tour contender, says Zeeman

Benelux Tour 2021 - 17th Edition - 1st stage Surhuisterveen - Dokkum 169,6 km - 30/08/2021 - Tom Dumoulin (NED - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/C/BettiniPhoto©2021
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Over the coming weeks Jumbo-Visma will confirm their plans and their line-ups of the Grand Tours, and while leadership at the Tour de France is likely to revolve around Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard the role of Tom Dumoulin is not yet set in stone. What is clear, however, is that the Dutch team still considers the 31-year-old a Grand Tour contender.

Dumoulin missed out on competing in a three-week race in 2021 after he paused his racing career in the first half of the season, but the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner came back and took a silver medal in the time trial at the Tokyo Olympics. When the Tour de France route came out in October team boss Richard Plugge hinted that Dumoulin might return to the race in 2022, and while that’s still the case the team seems to also be considering a leadership role for Dumoulin in either the Giro or the Vuelta a España.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.