Tom Dumoulin admits he could decide against riding in the 2019 Tour de France due to the course not suiting his riding style. The Dutchman was second in the 2018 Grande Boucle after also being runner-up at the Giro d’Italia two months prior and suggested he would plan his 2019 season to ensure he peaks in July.
However, the route features 30 mountain passes and only 54km against the clock, something that undoubtedly counts against the 2017 World Time-Trial champion.
The 28-year-old says he expects to have decided by the time he heads to the Team Sunweb training camp in December, although the ‘Butterfly of Maastricht’ has hinted he might look to prioritise races in which he can get the best from his characteristics.
“The route of the Tour de France is far from ideal for me. I do not think that there has been a Grand Tour in recent years that fits my profile so badly,” Dumoulin said according to De Telegraaf. “In all respects, the Giro is much better for me.
“On the other hand, I won the Giro once, while after the second place behind Geraint Thomas last summer, my big challenge is to win the Tour. At the end of July, I clearly stated that this Tour would become my big goal. I wonder now if I should put everything on the Tour in 2019.”