Team Sunweb rider Netherlands' Tom Dumoulin is escorted by a staff member after a crash in the stage four of the 102nd Giro d'Italia - Tour of Italy - cycle race, 235kms from Orbetello to Frascati on May 14, 2019
Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season with a knee injury picked up during the Giro d'Italia in May.
Dumoulin abandoned the Giro following a crash on Stage 6 that resulted with him getting a piece of debris embedded in his knee, and even after initial surgery it was revealed that the incident had caused damage to a tendon that required long-term rehabilitation.
The 28-year-old had been expected to challenge for the Tour de France, but was forced to skip the race, and Dumoulin's coach has now confirmed that the rider is out long-term, meaning he is unlikely to feature in the two major events remaining in the 2019 men's road cycling calendar.
In a report in de Telegraaf, Dumoulin's coach Hendrik Werner said: "The most important thing is that his knee recovers completely again. Tom knows what to do to start a Grand Tour in top form. Furthermore, he also has the experience of racing a Grand Tour at the top of the leaderboard.
It is not as if he has missed classes in school. This long period of rest will only increase his hunger for success.
"He now knows what it is to be on the sidelines during the main period of the season. Just think how he will want revenge once his knee is 100 per cent in order again. And then he will be fresh at the start both physically and mentally."
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The coach of the Netherlands men's national team also confirmed Dumoulin's expected absence from the World Championships in Yorkshire in September, saying:
"It makes no sense to talk to him [Dumoulin] about the World Championships."