Giro champion still deciding on goals for 2018 season
The Tour de France route will be announced on Tuesday, October 17 and the Giro d’Italia route on Wednesday, November 29, with Dumoulin waiting until after these announcements before deciding on his main goal for the 2018 season.
“In truth, I haven’t decided [which race to do] yet. It depends on the routes,” the defending Giro champion told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I’ve already fought for the GC at the Vuelta and the Giro, and not yet at the Tour. But if the Tour doesn’t have a route that suits me, then why should I go there next year looking to win? I loved the Giro, and I’d really like to go back there.”
Dumoulin took a slightly unexpected victory at the Giro d’Italia having gone into the race with odds of 14/1. However that would be the Dutchman’s only Grand Tour of the year, as he decided not to ride the Tour or the Vuelta, before crowning his season with a rainbow jersey as he took victory in the individual time trial