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Dumoulin and Elissonde retire before the 8th stage

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 28, 2020
They are now only 159 on the Vuelta. Still 161 after the 7th stage on Tuesday, between Vitoria Gasteiz and Villanueva de Valdegovia, won by Michael Woods (Education First), Tom Dumoulin and Kenny Elissonde did not start the 8th stage this Wednesday. Then 53rd in the general classification more than 42 minutes behind Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), the Dutchman preferred to say stop feeling tired and out of shape. “We think it’s the best choice. At the start of the Vuelta I already felt tired and that feeling stuck. It doesn’t make sense for me to continue, as it could weigh on next season. It is not desirable to leave the Vuelta, but it is the right choice. We all agree on that. With Primoz (Roglic), we are in good shape in the general classification. I hope that the team can achieve the victory ”, explained Dumoulin, on the official site of Jumbo-Visma.

“Dumoulin did a good job”

“It’s a shame that Tom is coming home. Every day we watched her fatigue and it kept increasing. Despite this, he played an important role in the team and did a good job. Although his short participation in the Vuelta was a good investment for 2021, we now see that we are encountering limits and we take the responsibility that goes with it, ”said Merijn Zeeman, the team’s sporting director, who still has some nice names to surround Roglic.

Finally, while Matteo Moschetti was out of schedule on Tuesday, Trek-Segafredo also saw Kenny Elissonde hurriedly leave the Vuelta. After his beautiful 9th ​​place during the 7th stage, the French rider had to give up because of gastroenteritis.