Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin will not take part in the Vuelta a España.
Dumoulin will instead focus on the Clasica San Sebastian, the Binck Bank Tour and the Canadian WorldTour races in Montreal and Quebec. The Dutchman will use these race to prepare for the World Championships in Bergen, Norway.
“I will primarily focus on the World Championships in Bergen. Especially on the individual TT, but I hope to do well on the TTT and the road race as well. And as you may have noticed at my calendar, no Vuelta!” Dumoulin wrote on Facebook.
“It was also on my mind and the team’s to go there to help Wilco fight for GC and to hunt for stages myself and prepare for the Worlds at the same time.
“But then winning the Giro happened… Very cool, but crazy times followed and after my holiday in the beginning of July me and the team started to doubt if I physically and mentally had it in me to do a super busy program and a second Grand Tour (altitude camp, San Sebastian, Eneco, Vuelta) and to be at my best shape at the Worlds after that.”