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Cycling news - Tom Dumoulin targets Giro d'Italia over Tour de France for 2019

Dumoulin targets Giro over Tour for 2019

16/12/2018 at 21:13Updated 16/12/2018 at 22:14

Tom Dumoulin says he will prioritise the Giro d’Italia over the Tour de France in 2019 as he aims to win a second Grand Tour.

The Sunweb rider won the Giro in 2017 and then finished second in both the Giro and Tour last year, to Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas respectively.

Dumoulin had been tipped to make a serious assault on the Tour in 2019 but says that after taking his time to review the two routes, he feels the Giro is more realistic.

The Dutchman is a time trial expert and with three ITTs at the Giro – the first and last stages as well as Stage 9 – compared to only one in the Tour, he feels best equipped to target the opening Grand Tour of the season.

"After weeks of talking about it, we finally decided the main focus will be the Giro d'Italia in 2019,” Dumoulin revealed.

" We had the Tour de France for a long time in our head but the Giro is such a nice course this year. I really love Italy, I love the course, and I love the race. Afterwards is very likely that I will do the Tour de France for GC, just like this year, but it's still undecided."

Dumoulin is currently in Spain for Sunweb’s pre-season training camp.

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