Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2020 is a big lesson for Tom Dumoulin. The captain of the Jumbo-Visma team felt that his chance to win TdF this year was getting smaller. Now, he chose to succeed Primoz Roglic as the winner of the most prestigious race in the world.
Dumoulin and his colleagues at Jumbo-Visma had time to control the peloton at stage 8, Saturday (5/9) night. However, he started to lose his weight when climbing the Hors Categorie (HC) climb at Port de Balès. “I don’t have the legs to do my best until the finish. Although I can still survive as a derivative,” he said.
The 29-year-old racer from Holland finished 30th in Stage 8. He was 8 minutes 47 seconds behind the winner of Stage 8 Nans Peters from Ag2r La Mondiale. His position in general classification (GC) also dropped ten rankings. From fifth to 15th place.
“We are here to win the Tour. That is an intention and it can happen to Primoz or me. But I feel today that it will not work for me. I have made the choice to make Primoz lead,” explained Dumoulin on the official Jumbo-Visma website. , Sunday (6/9) in the morning.
Roglic does get better results than Dumoulin in Stage 8. Despite finishing 16th, the rider from Slovenia remained in second place on the GC. He is only three seconds adrift of yellow jersey holder Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). According to Dumoulin, Roglic still has a big chance to win TdF 2020.
“We are here with the overall goal of winning the Tour. Primoz has a very good card and we will do it,” he explained.
One of the Jumbo-Visma riders George Bennett praised Dumoulin for being willing to sacrifice himself for a common goal. According to him, Dumoulin admitted that he was not fit enough to record better results in this 8th stage. Therefore, Dumoulin focused on the big goals of the team.
“He said on race radio, ‘I’m not feeling well, and I’m not here to get tenth place on the Tour.’ So he puts the team first. He is committed to Primoz and that is a big honor for him, “said Bennett.