“The boys have just left for a training ride here in Valencia. Unfortunately without me. I fell ill last night and am going back home to recover, ”the unfortunate Dumoulin responded on Instagram. “This is not the way I wanted to start my season, but we have to be smart. If you don’t feel well, you better not race. I came here to build my condition, not to break it down. I hope to be back soon! ”
The last time Dumoulin added a jersey number was last season in the Critérium du Dauphiné. He did finish the stage to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne on June 14, but one day later he didn’t start for the stage to Pipay. The irritations in his knee, which he had injured in the Giro d’Italia, resumed. He would also ride in Valencia in the Jumbo-Visma shirt for the first time.