Dumoulin Delays Start, Skips Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo

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Grand Tour star Tom Dumoulin will delay his return to racing, skipping an altitude camp and Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo.

Dumoulin has not raced since pulling out of the Critérium du Dauphiné in June 2019, suffering knee problems from a Giro d'Italia crash and dealing with team issues. He joined his home Dutch team Jumbo-Visma this winter. He was due to start in the Volta a Valenciana. He pulled out on the eve of the race and overnight, another setback, announcing it on Instagram.

"Unfortunately I had to abandon Valencia last week," the 29-year-old Dutchman wrote.

"I would've flown to altitude camp this Thursday to prepare the next races, but we have to postpone until I feel 100% again.

"We will change my racing schedule by skipping Tirreno and MSR to allow me the time I need to get back on full strength again."

Neither team nor Dumoulin have yet to release the new plan. He is building for the 2020 Tour de France and to be one of the team's three leaders with Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk.

"It's such a shame because I was feeling amazing and I couldn't wait for the season to start. Too bad I need to wait a little longer now. To quote the famous philosopher RUN DMC: 🎼 'It's like that, and that's the way it is.'"

He won the 2017 Giro d'Italia and World Champion time trial, and placed second in both the 2018 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. He crashed this May in Giro's stage four and injured his left knee.

He told FloBikes last month, "It'd been Hell until like the summer. But as soon as soon as I knew my future and with my knee, so I had my second operation, I knew that it was going to be all right."

Covid-19 Forces Critérium du Dauphiné Postponement

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The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) called off the Critérium du Dauphiné this May 31 until the COVID-19 situation is under control in Europe. France currently has reported 52,870 cases.

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Secrecy And Suspense Over Tour De France's Fate

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Less than three months before the Tour de France's scheduled start, the possibility of cycling's greatest show taking place remains shrouded in doubt, while the organizers have thrown up a wall of silence.

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Julian Alaphilippe 'Just Happy To Be At Tour of Flanders Start'

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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) is "happy just to be at the start" of the Tour of Flanders this April 5 in Antwerp.

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Former UCI Boss Brian Cookson Says 'Time To Consider 2-Week Tour de France'

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Cycling's former boss, Brian Cookson says the Grand Tours including the Tour de France should consider running only two weeks in 2020 if they want to find space in a season shortened by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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How To Watch Bike Racing During Coronavirus This Week (3/30-4/5)

Celebrate Belgium With FloBikes

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If you're as sick of COVID-19 cancelations as we are, you're in luck, because FloBikes has a plan.

Cycling Industry Helping COVID Fight

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Italy's Santini for decades has produced cycling kits, but has modified its Bergamo factory for face masks to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

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Dates Announced For Postponed Tokyo Olympics

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been officially rescheduled to run from July 23rd through August 8th 2021, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed.

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'The Timing Couldn't Be Better' - Woods Ahead Breaking Femur

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If Michael Woods had to break his femur then this was the perfect time while the world stops due to COVID-19.

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17 Coaches, Athletes And Cyclists Who Are Infected With Coronavirus

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High-level sports was one of the first social activities shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and many athletes, who play in front of crowds and train with team-mates, have been among the high-profile victims.

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French Sports Minister Evokes Tour De France Spectator Ban

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French sports minister Roxana Maracineanusays this year's Tour de France could be staged without spectators in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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