Tour of Italy: Tom Dumoulin gives up

Kneeling in the knee, the Dutchman, winner in 2017, landed on stage 5 after a crash the previous day.

The World with AFP Posted today at 15h02

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Tom Dumoulin, May 15th at the 5th stage of the Giro.
Tom Dumoulin, May 15th at the 5th stage of the Giro. LUK BENIES / AFP

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) finally gave up the Giro on Wednesday, the day after his fall, which deprived him of any chance of aiming for a second win. In the pouring rain, the winner of the Giro 2017 tried to continue the adventure. He signed the starting sheet of the 5th stage in Frascati (center). But after a few minutes, he resolved to throw in the towel.

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"The knee is still hurting but we hope it will improve over the day", had previously declared Dumoulin (28 years old). "I will give everything I can. Fingers crossed ". "He was allowed to continue the race by the medical staff of the team", had confirmed Sunweb training. "He'll do his best and we'll see how it goes".

Next goal, the Tour de France

For the Dutchman, the Giro was lost since his fall came 6 kilometers from the finish of the 4th stage in Frascati. In the case, he had given up more than four minutes. Worse, the left knee, bloody and swollen, augured a difficult continuation. Even though the practical medical examinations in the evening had left the Dutch runner hopeful: "There is no fracture, which is good news, but my knee is very swollen. "

"For sure, the overall ranking is over for me", estimated the former world time trial champion, pointed at 56th place in the Giro at 4 min 30 sec of the Slovenian Primoz Roglic. Last year, Dumoulin took second place in the Giro, behind Britain's Chris Froome. Before finishing in the same place the Tour de France, which should now logically be his next big goal.

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