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by Shane Stokes
December 21, 2017
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The will he/won’t he about Tom Dumoulin’s defence of his Giro d’Italia title has been in debate ever since the announcement of the 2018 race route. The Dutchman wasn’t committing either way, but according to De Telegraaf, he has made the decision to line out in the event and thus go for a second consecutive win.
Dumoulin took the 2017 race following a long battle with Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and others. Although he had stomach problems on stage 16 and was forced to stop for an impromptu toilet break, losing over two minutes to Nibali and slipping out of the pink jersey, he stayed close enough to his rivals until the final time trial.
He then finished second there, jumping back to the top of the leaderboard and beating Quintana by 31 seconds overall.
The uncertainty about Dumoulin’s participation was based in part on Chris Froome’s declaration that he will ride the 2018 event. However the Briton is now uncertain for the race due to an adverse analytical finding for Salbutamol. He provided a urine sample during this year’s Vuelta which was twice the permitted level, meaning that he could lose that race title and also be handed a ban from competition.
Prior to that, some felt that Dumoulin might elect to miss the race and instead try to win the Tour de France.
Click through to read more at De Telegraaf.